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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. Why do the other reporters not believe that Hildy has actually quit when they hear the news in Act 1, Part 1?

2. What does Hildy explain to Peggy that he told Burns in the beginning of Act 2, Part 2?

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

4. Who does the sheriff blame for Williams's escape in his conversation with the Mayor?

5. What group does Bensinger tell his paper will cause an uprising after the execution?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hildy validate that he is leaving to the other reporters in Act 1, Part 3, and what is their reaction?

2. What character traits are we already beginning to see in Mrs. Grant and what is interesting about her remark about Hildy on the way to cab, and the way Peggy responds in Act 2, Part 2?

3. What are some of the interesting things that we learn about the sheriff in Act 1, Part 4?

4. What are the true motives of the mayor and the sheriff, as announced in the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

5. 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?

6. What do the other reporters illustrate when they urge the sheriff to interrogate Hildy in the beginning of Act 3, Part 2, and how does it contrast with what Hildy is doing?

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

8. What does Hildy insist on receiving from Burns in return for the story in Act 2, Part 1?

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 joke does Hildy have at McCue's expense when the two cross paths in Act 2, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Hildy's actions in Act 1, Part 3 seem contradictory. Use a description of the events in the Act 1, Part 3 to illustrate the contradiction. Also, include possible reasons for it. What does it say about Hildy's character?

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