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

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

3. Where does Hildy want Peggy and Mrs. Grant to wait for him?

4. What does Jennie ask the reporters at the end of Act 1, Part 3?

5. As Hildy is introduced in Act 1, Part 3, what is a major difference between him and the other reporters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the response to the fire alarm ringing by the reporters in Act 1, Part 1, and what does it say about their characters?

4. What important fact do we learn by Murphy about the Mayor and the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2?

5. How does Burns unintentionally reveal where Williams is hiding in Act 3, Part 2?

6. Choose one reporter's account of the escape as an example and describe how it was relayed in Act 2, Part 1?

7. What theory does Woodenshoes have about Williams in the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

8. What does the beginning conversation between the mayor and the sheriff in Act 2, Part 3 reveal about the past and how it relates to the present situation?

9. What is the reason that Burns is upset with Hildy's story at the beginning of Act 3, Part 1, and what does that illustrate about his character?

10. 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?

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

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

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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