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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 the mayor want to know from the sheriff in Act 2, Part 2?

2. What story is McCue investigating at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

3. What is the sheriff's reaction to the news of Hildy leaving the paper?

4. How do the reporters act when Jennie enters in Act 1, Part 3?

5. What is Murphy's version of how Williams escaped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the senator's quotes at the end of Act 2, Part 2 say about his feelings towards the mayor, and how does the mayor respond?

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

3. How does Hildy's behavior in Act 3, Part 1 contrast with the way Burns acts?

4. What does Williams tell Mollie about the escape and where he has been the whole time in Act 2, Part 4?

5. What interesting set of circumstances reveal the gun as the weapon used in the escape in Act 3, Part 2?

6. How does Williams meet Hildy in Act 2, Part 4, and what does he explain to him about the police?

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

8. 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?

9. Who is Mrs. Schlosser, what rule does she break in Act 1, Part 2, and what does it say about the reporters in general?

10. Who is Mollie and how is she treated by the reporters in the beginning of Act 1, Part 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the initial differences between Hildy and the other reporters, as they are displayed in Act 1, Part 3? Why are they significant and how do they affect the main theme of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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