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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 does Louie inform the reporters his new job title is in Act 1, Part 2?

2. Who does Hildy throw the water on at the end of Act 1, Part 3?

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

4. According to Bensinger, what won't the Sheriff change about the execution of Williams?

5. According to Bensiger in Act 1, Part 1, what do the other reporters use his area as?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hildy's behavior in Act 3, Part 1 contrast with the way Burns acts?

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

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

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

5. Who is Jennie, and what is the contrasting way the reporters and Hildy act towards her at the end of Act 1, Part 3?

6. How does Hildy deal with the sheriff and what tactic does he use that the sheriff interestingly responds to in Act 1, Part 4?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Analyze the contrast in character of Hildy as opposed to the mayor and the sheriff. Use the entire play as a reference to explain how the actions of the Mayor and the Sheriff defined Hildy's character even more. Why was that contrast significant to the main theme of the play? Be sure to include specific examples as necessary.

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