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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 Hildy's speech in Act 1, Part 3, what kind of life does he say a reporter has?

2. What does Hildy ask the reporters for before he leaves in Act 1, Part 3?

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

4. What does Hildy tell Burns about the story he is giving him in Act 2, Part 1?

5. What do the reporters rudely suggest that Mollie is in Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the final scene between Peggy, Hildy, and Burns tie in with the theme of the entire play, in particular, how it relates to Hildy's decision?

2. What is the character of Woodenshoes like, and how is the interaction between him and the reporters significant in Act 1, Part 2?

3. What is surprising about the way Burns reacts to being arrested in the beginning of Act 3, Part 3, and why do you think he reacts that way?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. What is one example from Act 1, Part 2 of the way the authors are portraying reporters as selfish people with only one agenda?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Hildy's actions in Act 1, Part 3 seem contradictory. Use a description of the events in the Act 1, Part 3 to illustrate the contradiction. Also, include possible reasons for it. What does it say about Hildy's character?

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