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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hildy promise to his girlfriend before hanging up the phone in Act 1, Part 4?

2. At the beginning of Act 1, Part 4, who is Wilson is talking to on the phone?

3. According to Bensinger, what won't the Sheriff change about the execution of Williams?

4. What does the appearance of Peggy and her mother hint of for Hildy?

5. As we learn in Act 1, Part 1, why is Bensinger protective of his desk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Williams tell Mollie about the escape and where he has been the whole time in Act 2, Part 4?

2. How does Peggy react to Hildy's news in the beginning of Act 2, Part 2, and why?

3. What request by the reporters is denied by the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2, and how does the request itself depict their priorities?

4. How does Hildy's behavior in Act 3, Part 1 contrast with the way Burns acts?

5. What two different meanings can be interpreted from the way the other reporters react to Hildy's leaving in Act 1, Part 3?

6. What does the beginning conversation between the mayor and the sheriff in Act 2, Part 3 reveal about the past and how it relates to the present situation?

7. Why is Bensinger so protective of his desk and phone in Act 1, Part 1?

8. Who is waiting for Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 1, and what decision does he now have to make as a result of his actions?

9. What interesting set of circumstances reveal the gun as the weapon used in the escape in Act 3, Part 2?

10. What major event happens at the end of Act 1, Part 4, and what surprising decision does it lead Hildy to make?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the interaction between Mollie and the reporters in Act 1, Part 4. How is her character introduced? Do the authors make it clear from the beginning that she will be integral to the plot? What does Mollie say about Williams and the shooting and why is that significant. What do the reporters reveal about themselves by the way they interact with Mollie?

Essay Topic 2

Hildy and Peggy's future together is a focal point for The Front Page because it demonstrates many things about Hildy as a character. Outline their relationship in detail as it is depicted in the play. Include the main areas that they share similar views in, as well as the areas that they differ. Also, whether you think Hildy will in fact, be himself with Peggy after the play ends. Or, will he come to struggle with a part of himself that will always be there. Use the play as a reference to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the Roaring Twenties was an effective setting for The Front Page? Describe what elements of the play would be different if it took place today. What advantages do the Twenties give the story as far as the plot is concerned? Were the characters more believable? How would they change in current times?

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