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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. In Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Schlosser throw when the reporters finally tell her the information she needs to know?

2. Who calls looking for Hildy in Act 1, Part 1?

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

4. In Act 2, Part 1, what is obvious when comparing Hildy to the other reporters?

5. What do the reporters rudely suggest that Mollie is in Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What impression does Hildy make in relation to his general character at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

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

3. What important document does the messenger bring in Act 2, Part 3, and how does the mayor choose to deal with it?

4. How does Hildy deal with the sheriff and what tactic does he use that the sheriff interestingly responds to in Act 1, Part 4?

5. What key role does the messenger play in Act 3, Part 3, and how do Hildy and Burns capitalize on it?

6. What theory does Woodenshoes have about Williams in the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

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

8. Choose one reporter's account of the escape as an example and describe how it was relayed in Act 2, Part 1?

9. What do the other reporters illustrate when they urge the sheriff to interrogate Hildy in the beginning of Act 3, Part 2, and how does it contrast with what Hildy is doing?

10. What joke does Hildy have at McCue's expense when the two cross paths in Act 2, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Part 4, Williams escapes from jail, causing Hildy to act on his reporter's instincts and choose to follow the story. Analyze his decision at that point in the play based on two factors:

1) Was the decision made purely out of instinct, or did he consider the alternatives, and consciously make it?

2) What is the association between Hildy's character and his decision? Based on the kind of person he is and the values he has, did he really have a choice? Why or why not?

Be sure to include specific examples from the play to support your opinions and analysis.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Act 2, Part 2, it is evident that the senator and the mayor do not agree on things. Explore some of the possibilities for why they have a dislike for each other. Do they represent opposite political views? Is one honest and the other deceitful? What past events might have affected their current opinions of each other? Describe the interaction between them in the play and use those examples to explain your theory.

Essay Topic 3

Hildy and Burns are two characters that conflict with each other, yet seem to find common ground throughout the play. Chronicle their interaction, using examples to highlight the major differences between the two characters, and any similarities. How does Burns, in a way, help Hildy make his decision at the end of the play?

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