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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 does Peggy ask for the money from Hildy in Act 2, Part 2?

2. What does Burns say he will help Mrs. Schlosser with in Act 1, Part 2?

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

4. What does Kruger report the senator has called for in Act 2, Part 2?

5. What is Jennie cleaning up at the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Where did Hildy get the money from, and how does it lead to the discussion about the money the other reporters owe him in Act 1, Part 3?

4. What are the mayor's orders to the sheriff about Williams at the end of Act 2, Part 3, and what influences them?

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

6. 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?

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

8. How does money play a subtle part in Peggy and Mrs. Grant's concerns that may differ with Hildy's at this point of the play in Act 2, Part 2?

9. What are the true motives of the mayor and the sheriff, as announced in the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Act 2, Part 2, it is evident that the senator and the mayor do not agree on things. Explore some of the possibilities for why they have a dislike for each other. Do they represent opposite political views? Is one honest and the other deceitful? What past events might have affected their current opinions of each other? Describe the interaction between them in the play and use those examples to explain your theory.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think the Roaring Twenties was an effective setting for The Front Page? Describe what elements of the play would be different if it took place today. What advantages do the Twenties give the story as far as the plot is concerned? Were the characters more believable? How would they change in current times?

Essay Topic 3

Hildy and Peggy's future together is a focal point for The Front Page because it demonstrates many things about Hildy as a character. Outline their relationship in detail as it is depicted in the play. Include the main areas that they share similar views in, as well as the areas that they differ. Also, whether you think Hildy will in fact, be himself with Peggy after the play ends. Or, will he come to struggle with a part of himself that will always be there. Use the play as a reference to support your opinion.

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