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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 are the reporters talking about attending in Act 1, Part 1?

2. Louie states in Act 1, Part 2 that Hildy left for what reason?

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

4. Why does the conversation between the woman and McCue end in Act 1, Part 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the contrast in the way Hildy and Burns look at the same set of circumstances in the very beginning of Act 2, Part 5?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What orders are given by the sheriff as Williams is discovered, how does Hildy try and stop what is about to happen at the end of Act 3, Part 2, and what does this series of events add to the overall pace of the play in general?

8. How does Hildy validate that he is leaving to the other reporters in Act 1, Part 3, and what is their reaction?

9. What are some of the interesting things that we learn about the sheriff in Act 1, Part 4?

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

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

The Front Page moves at a rapid pace and quickly transitions from one event to the next. Describe points in the play where this faster pace helps the plot. Be sure to include the characters involved, why they are relevant, and how the pace for each event was effective in furthering or adding to the play's theme.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Part 1, the details surrounding Williams' escape emerge.

1) Describe 3 different versions of the escape as they were given by the reporters.

2) Describe Hildy's version of the escape at the end of Act 2, Part 1. How does it differ from the stories called in by the other reporters? Also, include what the authors are illustrating by having Hildy present the facts of the escape in this way. Why is that essential to the overall theme of the play?

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