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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Murphy's version of how Williams escaped?

2. Who is the mayor looking for in Act 2, Part 2?

3. What is the loud noise heard outside of the press room in Act 1, Part 2?

4. When does Mollie say she saw Williams in Act 1, Part 4?

5. Who did Williams tell he was innocent, according to Woodenshoe?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is one example from Act 1, Part 2 of the way the authors are portraying reporters as selfish people with only one agenda?

4. How does Mollie react to the reporters and what does Murphy do to cause her to leave in Act 1, Part 4?

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

6. What does the conversation between Hildy and Peggy at the beginning of Act 2, Part 2 bring to light, and how do they relate to Hildy's inner struggle?

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

8. What does Louie report to Burns in Act 3, Part 1, and why is the response of the characters significant?

9. What are the possible motives of Mollie's desperate act at the end of Act 2, Part 4, and what might they cause Hildy to think about at this point in the play?

10. What is the one thing Burns says that gets Hildy to write the story in Act 2, Part 5, and what does it say about Hildy's character?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The playwrights of The Front Page use the "layering of facts" technique throughout the play. Describe three examples of this technique in detail, explaining how it is used in each case, why the authors may have used it, and how effective it was.

Essay Topic 2

Burns and the mayor show many similar character traits as the story unfolds. Describe these similarities and what they mean for both characters. In particular, what does it represent for Burns in an ironic, or even hypocritical sense? Be sure to use the play to provide specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Part 4, Mollie throws herself out of the window to protect Williams. That act affects the characters and the theme of the play in various ways.

1) Describe how Mollie's desperate decision affected Hildy, his situation, and the possible ways it may change how he views his upcoming decision.

2) Describe the way Mollie's actions affect the other reporters. What does it show about the possible dangers of their outlook throughout the play?

3) Explain the literary effect of Mollie's decision. Which techniques does it represent and why?

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