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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 Peggy accuse Hildy of in Act 2, Part 2?
2. Who was unnoticed by Hildy until he turns to leave at the end of Act 2, Part 1?
3. What do the reporters rudely suggest that Mollie is in Act 1, Part 4?
4. What does Hildy wonder about the fire in Act 1, Part 3?
5. In Act 2, Part 1, what is obvious when comparing Hildy to the other reporters?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is one example from Act 1, Part 2 of the way the authors are portraying reporters as selfish people with only one agenda?
2. How does Hildy validate that he is leaving to the other reporters in Act 1, Part 3, and what is their reaction?
3. What orders are given by the sheriff as Williams is discovered, how does Hildy try and stop what is about to happen at the end of Act 3, Part 2, and what does this series of events add to the overall pace of the play in general?
4. How does Burns deal with Bensinger in Act 3, Part 1, and what parallel can be drawn between that and another character in the book?
5. What character traits are we already beginning to see in Mrs. Grant and what is interesting about her remark about Hildy on the way to cab, and the way Peggy responds in Act 2, Part 2?
6. What request by the reporters is denied by the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2, and how does the request itself depict their priorities?
7. How does Williams surprisingly reply to Mollie in Act 2, Part 4 when she offers to escape with him?
8. What does Hildy insist on receiving from Burns in return for the story in Act 2, Part 1?
9. What is the main point or reason for the argument between Peggy and Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 5?
10. What are the mayor's orders to the sheriff about Williams at the end of Act 2, Part 3, and what influences them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Act 2, Part 3, The mayor and the sheriff discuss their situation and how to deal with Williams' escape.
1) Describe how the notion of blaming others is used by both the mayor and the sheriff, and what it is used to cover up.
2) Explain what using the "blame" tactic signals in a character. What type of person usually adopts it and why?
3) Analyze the idea of loyalty and how it comes into play in Act 2, Part 3 for the mayor and the sheriff.
Essay Topic 2
The theme of the play centers around Hildy's decision between being a reporter and getting married. Analyze the differences of both lives. Include events and characters from the play to explain the advantages and disadvantages of Hildy's options as they are displayed throughout the story.
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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