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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who sends the reprieve to cancel the execution in Act 2, Part 3?
2. What does Williams urge the sheriff to do at the beginning of Act 3, Part 3?
3. Who does Hildy try to pass the gun to as the other reporters grab him in Act 3, Part 2?
4. What does Williams tell Hildy about the gun he is holding in Act 2, Part 4?
5. What does the mayor order after hearing the messenger tell the truth in Act 3, Part 3?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Act 2, Part 4, Mollie throws herself out of the window to protect Williams. That act affects the characters and the theme of the play in various ways.
1) Describe how Mollie's desperate decision affected Hildy, his situation, and the possible ways it may change how he views his upcoming decision.
2) Describe the way Mollie's actions affect the other reporters. What does it show about the possible dangers of their outlook throughout the play?
3) Explain the literary effect of Mollie's decision. Which techniques does it represent and why?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In Act 2, Part 3, The mayor and the sheriff discuss their situation and how to deal with Williams' escape.
1) Describe how the notion of blaming others is used by both the mayor and the sheriff, and what it is used to cover up.
2) Explain what using the "blame" tactic signals in a character. What type of person usually adopts it and why?
3) Analyze the idea of loyalty and how it comes into play in Act 2, Part 3 for the mayor and the sheriff.
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