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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

In Act 2, Part 2, Mrs. Grant is introduced as Peggy's mother. Follow her character through the play and describe three events that she affected. Also, explain what her primary role as a character was and why her relationship to Peggy and Hildy allowed her to fulfill it.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the Roaring Twenties was an effective setting for The Front Page? Describe what elements of the play would be different if it took place today. What advantages do the Twenties give the story as far as the plot is concerned? Were the characters more believable? How would they change in current times?

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