The Heidi Chronicles Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 year does Act 1, Scene 3 open in?

2. What kind of cultural influences dominate the high school dance?

3. What do Heidi and her new friend she meets at the high school dance do?

4. What decision does Susan announce at the women's group meeting in the church basement?

5. What is Heidi's class reviewing for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe at least two of the women who are present at the consciousness-raising discussion in the church basement.

2. What has Susan decided to do in Act, Scene 3 and why?

3. Heidi has one primary belief that seems to carry her throughout the play, including Act 1, Scene 3. What is this belief?

4. What is Heidi doing at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Describe Susan's reason for being at the high school dance in 1965.

6. What is one personality characteristic that Scoop sees in Heidi and how does he feel about this characteristic?

7. What are the societal expectations at the high school dance in the mid-1960's?

8. Why does Heidi's old friend Peter show up at the protest?

9. How does Heidi approach the group at the women's consciousness rap group in the church basement?

10. What is the background of Lisa, Scoop's new wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Scoop and Heidi were involved off and on for a number of years, yet Heidi attends Scoop and Lisa's wedding. What were the undercurrent of emotions going on throughout the day? Pick two characters, in addition to Scoop and Heidi, and discuss their emotional state and the reason(s) behind their feelings. Were they open/hidden regarding their emotions? What did this wedding represent on different levels for some of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Peter tells Heidi that he is gay. What does Heidi struggle with when Peter tells he that he is gay? Do you, as the reader, think that Heidi might have suspected? What clues, if any, are provided in the play up to that point that might have given away Peter's sexual orientation? In this scene, with this news, does Heidi exhibit stereotypical female behavior? If so, what behavior(s)?

Essay Topic 3

Detail Heidi's journey into feminism. When did it start? How did her point of view change ( or did it) throughout the years? What was her overriding ideal that she keeps striving for? Is she successful in achieving her goal?

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