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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. How do the reporters act when Jennie enters in Act 1, Part 3?
2. In Act 2, Part 1, what is obvious when comparing Hildy to the other reporters?
3. What job does Hildy tell the reporters he is quitting the paper for?
4. What group does Bensinger tell his paper will cause an uprising after the execution?
5. What does Hildy hear as he comes into the press room in Act 2, Part 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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 does the beginning conversation between the mayor and the sheriff in Act 2, Part 3 reveal about the past and how it relates to the present situation?
4. 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?
5. How does Mollie react to the reporters and what does Murphy do to cause her to leave in Act 1, Part 4?
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. What are the mayor's orders to the sheriff about Williams at the end of Act 2, Part 3, and what influences them?
8. How is the character of Hildy Johnson introduced in Act 1, Part 1?
9. 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?
10. What is the main point or reason for the argument between Peggy and Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 5?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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.
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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