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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

Analyze the contrast in character of Hildy as opposed to the mayor and the sheriff. Use the entire play as a reference to explain how the actions of the Mayor and the Sheriff defined Hildy's character even more. Why was that contrast significant to the main theme of the play? Be sure to include specific examples as necessary.

Essay Topic 2

What statement does the opening of the play make about reporters and the press in general? Use examples from the entire play to follow that statement and describe in detail if it changes or is reaffirmed.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Part 1, the details surrounding Williams' escape emerge.

1) Describe 3 different versions of the escape as they were given by the reporters.

2) Describe Hildy's version of the escape at the end of Act 2, Part 1. How does it differ from the stories called in by the other reporters? Also, include what the authors are illustrating by having Hildy present the facts of the escape in this way. Why is that essential to the overall theme of the play?

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