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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 kind of money does Hildy tell the reporters he will be making at his new job?

3. In Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Schlosser throw when the reporters finally tell her the information she needs to know?

4. What pace does the play set during Act 1, Part 1, particularly where the dialogue is concerned?

5. What do the reporters tease Diamond Louie about in Act 1, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the character of Woodenshoes like, and how is the interaction between him and the reporters significant in Act 1, Part 2?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Describe the press room in the beginning of The Front Page, and how it relates to the overall pace of the play in general.

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

6. What do the senator's quotes at the end of Act 2, Part 2 say about his feelings towards the mayor, and how does the mayor respond?

7. Who is Mrs. Schlosser, what rule does she break in Act 1, Part 2, and what does it say about the reporters in general?

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

9. What interesting set of circumstances reveal the gun as the weapon used in the escape in Act 3, Part 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Burns and the mayor show many similar character traits as the story unfolds. Describe these similarities and what they mean for both characters. In particular, what does it represent for Burns in an ironic, or even hypocritical sense? Be sure to use the play to provide specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

The Front Page moves at a rapid pace and quickly transitions from one event to the next. Describe points in the play where this faster pace helps the plot. Be sure to include the characters involved, why they are relevant, and how the pace for each event was effective in furthering or adding to the play's theme.

Essay Topic 3

What statement does the opening of the play make about reporters and the press in general? Use examples from the entire play to follow that statement and describe in detail if it changes or is reaffirmed.

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