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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. After his phone conversation, what does the Sheriff do in Act 3, Part 2?
2. In Act 2, Part 3, what does the mayor tell the sheriff almost cost them the election a couple of years ago?
3. How much of a reward does the sheriff offer the deputies to kill Williams?
4. What does the sheriff tell the warden in Act 3, Part 3?
5. How does the sheriff recognize the gun as the one Williams had in Act 3, Part 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Act 2, Part 4, Williams escapes from jail, causing Hildy to act on his reporter's instincts and choose to follow the story. Analyze his decision at that point in the play based on two factors:
1) Was the decision made purely out of instinct, or did he consider the alternatives, and consciously make it?
2) What is the association between Hildy's character and his decision? Based on the kind of person he is and the values he has, did he really have a choice? Why or why not?
Be sure to include specific examples from the play to support your opinions and analysis.
Essay Topic 2
Hildy and Peggy's future together is a focal point for The Front Page because it demonstrates many things about Hildy as a character. Outline their relationship in detail as it is depicted in the play. Include the main areas that they share similar views in, as well as the areas that they differ. Also, whether you think Hildy will in fact, be himself with Peggy after the play ends. Or, will he come to struggle with a part of himself that will always be there. Use the play as a reference to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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