The Front Page Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it about Hildy's story that causes Burns and Hildy to argue in Act 3, Part 1?

2. What does Hildy warn Burns about the other reporters in Act 3, Part 1?

3. Where does Woodenshoes tell Hildy that Williams is likely to be in Act 2, Part 4?

4. Why does the messenger give the mayor back the reprieve in Act 3, Part 3?

5. Who is with the reporters as Hildy opens the door at the end of Act 3, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the Roaring Twenties was an effective setting for The Front Page? Describe what elements of the play would be different if it took place today. What advantages do the Twenties give the story as far as the plot is concerned? Were the characters more believable? How would they change in current times?

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

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.

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