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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 Mrs. Grant say about Hildy as she is getting into the cab?

2. What does Mrs. Grant tell Peggy and Hildy when she first arrives in Act 2, Part 2?

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

4. What does Williams' escape from jail indicate for Hildy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. How does the final scene between Peggy, Hildy, and Burns tie in with the theme of the entire play, in particular, how it relates to Hildy's decision?

6. What important fact do we learn by Murphy about the Mayor and the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2?

7. What is the response to the fire alarm ringing by the reporters in Act 1, Part 1, and what does it say about their characters?

8. What is interesting about the way both the mayor and the sheriff respond to what the messenger does in Act 3, Part 3?

9. 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?

10. What is the general attitude of the reporters in Act 1, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the end of Act 2, Part 2, it is evident that the senator and the mayor do not agree on things. Explore some of the possibilities for why they have a dislike for each other. Do they represent opposite political views? Is one honest and the other deceitful? What past events might have affected their current opinions of each other? Describe the interaction between them in the play and use those examples to explain your theory.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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