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. In what year does the prologue take place?

2. What is Heidi attending when Act 1, Scene 5 opens?

3. What year does Act 1, Scene 5 open in?

4. Who does Heidi defend in Act 1, Scene 5?

5. What does Debbie not allow Peter to do in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Heidi react to Susan's instructions?

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

4. Heidi discloses information about herself when mentioning her high school dance. What is that piece of information?

5. What reason does Scoop give for marrying Lisa rather than Heidi?

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

7. What is the purpose of this Prologue to Act 1?

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

9. What is one of Scoop's most unusual personality characteristics?

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

Heidi goes on living her life, keeping in touch with her friends. When she goes to Chicago to protest, she doesn't set up a time to visit with Peter. Why is Peter insulted that Heidi doesn't look him up while she's in Chicago? Does Heidi feel the same way about him as he does about her? How does Peter exhibit stereotypical male behavior in Chicago toward Heidi? If so, what behaviors? Is this a surprise? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the play, Scoop claims to be inspired by Heidi. Why does he feel inspired? Do you think his feeling of inspiration is genuine or will he revert back to his old habits?

Essay Topic 3

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)?

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