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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. In Act 1, Part 2, what do some of the reporters think Louie is lacking?

2. What is Peggy's reaction to the missing money in Act 2, Part 2?

3. How much does Hildy tell Burns it cost him to get the full story of Williams' escape?

4. What is the sheriff's reaction to the news of Hildy leaving the paper?

5. Who was the only person to defend Williams at his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Mollie say she saw Williams and how does she explain her relationship with him to the reporters in Act 1, Part 4?

2. What major event happens at the end of Act 1, Part 4, and what surprising decision does it lead Hildy to make?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. What does Williams tell Mollie about the escape and where he has been the whole time in Act 2, Part 4?

7. 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?

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

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

10. What is the reaction of the reporters to the news of Hildy leaving in Act 1, Part 1, and what does it say about what Hildy and Burn's relationship may possibly be like at this point in the play?

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

Hildy and Burns are two characters that conflict with each other, yet seem to find common ground throughout the play. Chronicle their interaction, using examples to highlight the major differences between the two characters, and any similarities. How does Burns, in a way, help Hildy make his decision at the end of the play?

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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