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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 technique do the playwrights use to illustrate Hildy's character in Act 1, Part 3?

2. Why do the other reporters not believe that Hildy has actually quit when they hear the news in Act 1, Part 1?

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

4. What are the other reporters doing in the background as McCue is talking with the woman in Act 1, Part 1?

5. Who was the only person to defend Williams at his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hildy insist on receiving from Burns in return for the story in Act 2, Part 1?

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

3. What is the main point or reason for the argument between Peggy and Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 5?

4. 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?

5. How does Williams surprisingly reply to Mollie in Act 2, Part 4 when she offers to escape with him?

6. What is surprising about the way Burns reacts to being arrested in the beginning of Act 3, Part 3, and why do you think he reacts that way?

7. What is the similarity of the way Burns treats both Hildy and Williams in Act 2, Part 5?

8. What does the way Williams escapes from jail reveal about the sheriff, and what is the sheriff's response to it in Act 2, Part 2 tell us about his character?

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

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

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

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

The reporters are joking in the background of many acts in the play, displaying their cynicism as well.

1) Describe three situations where the cynicism or joking is illustrated and why you think the authors included it for those specific parts of the play.

2) Describe the time or times that Hildy also participated in the cynicism and joking, and why it was necessary to show that side of his character. What did it illustrate?

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