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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Murphy's version of how Williams escaped?



2. Who is the mayor looking for in Act 2, Part 2?



3. What is the loud noise heard outside of the press room in Act 1, Part 2?



4. When does Mollie say she saw Williams in Act 1, Part 4?



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



Short Essay Questions

1. How does Burns deal with Bensinger in Act 3, Part 1, and what parallel can be drawn between that and another character in the book?



2. What two different meanings can be interpreted from the way the other reporters react to Hildy's leaving in Act 1, Part 3?



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



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



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



6. What does the conversation between Hildy and Peggy at the beginning of Act 2, Part 2 bring to light, and how do they relate to Hildy's inner struggle?



7. Why is Bensinger so protective of his desk and phone in Act 1, Part 1?



8. What does Louie report to Burns in Act 3, Part 1, and why is the response of the characters significant?



9. What are the possible motives of Mollie's desperate act at the end of Act 2, Part 4, and what might they cause Hildy to think about at this point in the play?



10. 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?



Essay Topics

The playwrights of The Front Page use the "layering of facts" technique throughout the play. Describe three examples of this technique in detail, explaining how it is used in each case, why the authors may have used it, and how effective it was.

What are some of the initial differences between Hildy and the other reporters, as they are displayed in Act 1, Part 3? Why are they significant and how do they affect the main theme of the play?

In Act 2, Part 3, The mayor and the sheriff discuss their situation and how to deal with Williams' escape.

1) Describe how the notion of blaming others is used by both the mayor and the sheriff, and what it is used to cover up.

2) Explain what using the "blame" tactic signals in a character. What type of person usually adopts it and why?

3) Analyze the idea of loyalty and how it comes into play in Act 2, Part 3 for the mayor and the sheriff.

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