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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

Essay Topic 1

The reporters are joking in the background of many acts in the play, displaying their cynicism as well.

1) Describe three situations where the cynicism or joking is illustrated and why you think the authors included it for those specific parts of the play.

2) Describe the time or times that Hildy also participated in the cynicism and joking, and why it was necessary to show that side of his character. What did it illustrate?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of the play centers around Hildy's decision between being a reporter and getting married. Analyze the differences of both lives. Include events and characters from the play to explain the advantages and disadvantages of Hildy's options as they are displayed throughout the story.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Part 4, Williams escapes from jail, causing Hildy to act on his reporter's instincts and choose to follow the story. Analyze his decision at that point in the play based on two factors:

1) Was the decision made purely out of instinct, or did he consider the alternatives, and consciously make it?

2) What is the association between Hildy's character and his decision? Based on the kind of person he is and the values he has, did he really have a choice? Why or why not?

Be sure to include specific examples from the play to support your opinions and analysis.

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