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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. In response to the sheriff's threat, what does Hildy reveal as blackmail?

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

3. What does Hildy do when Burns calls in Act 1, Part 4?

4. In Act 2, Part 1, what is obvious when comparing Hildy to the other reporters?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is waiting for Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 1, and what decision does he now have to make as a result of his actions?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. According to Hildy in Act 2, Part 1, how did Williams get the gun in order to escape from jail?

7. What impression does Hildy make in relation to his general character at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Part 2, Mrs. Grant is introduced as Peggy's mother. Follow her character through the play and describe three events that she affected. Also, explain what her primary role as a character was and why her relationship to Peggy and Hildy allowed her to fulfill it.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Part 2, the reporters are visited by the outside world three times.

1) Describe what happens in each instance, explaining the situation, the people involved, and how the reporters respond.

2) Analyze the behavior by the reporters based on how they deal with people who are not considered to be one of them.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Part 4, Mollie throws herself out of the window to protect Williams. That act affects the characters and the theme of the play in various ways.

1) Describe how Mollie's desperate decision affected Hildy, his situation, and the possible ways it may change how he views his upcoming decision.

2) Describe the way Mollie's actions affect the other reporters. What does it show about the possible dangers of their outlook throughout the play?

3) Explain the literary effect of Mollie's decision. Which techniques does it represent and why?

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