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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. Who throws Mollie out of the room in Act 1, Part 4?

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

3. What is the predator called in the story McCue is working on towards the end of Act 1, Part 1?

4. What does Peggy accuse Hildy of in Act 2, Part 2?

5. Why does the conversation between the woman and McCue end in Act 1, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Bensinger so protective of his desk and phone in Act 1, Part 1?

2. What is surprising about the way Burns reacts to being arrested in the beginning of Act 3, Part 3, and why do you think he reacts that way?

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. How does Burns unintentionally reveal where Williams is hiding in Act 3, Part 2?

5. How does Williams surprisingly reply to Mollie in Act 2, Part 4 when she offers to escape with him?

6. Choose one reporter's account of the escape as an example and describe how it was relayed in Act 2, Part 1?

7. What theory does Woodenshoes have about Williams in the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

8. Where did Hildy get the money from, and how does it lead to the discussion about the money the other reporters owe him in Act 1, Part 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Part 2, the reporters are visited by the outside world three times.

1) Describe what happens in each instance, explaining the situation, the people involved, and how the reporters respond.

2) Analyze the behavior by the reporters based on how they deal with people who are not considered to be one of them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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