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 is wrong with Heidi and Scoop's relationship?

2. In this prologue, what is Heidi's topic addressing?

3. What is the purpose of the Prologue to Act I?

4. Which of the following painters are specifically mentioned by Heidi in her class?

5. What is Peter's current occupation in Act 1, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Susan gives Heidi very specific instructions on behavior at the dance. What instructions does Susan give Heidi?

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

4. What is Becky's story in Act 1, Scene 3?

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

6. What news does Peter share with Heidi after she pushes him to find a girlfriend? Why is he frustrated?

7. How do Heidi and Peter meet?

8. Heidi criticizes the painting of Lily Martin Spencer for a particular reason. What is that reason?

9. Why is Heidi resentful of Peter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During the women's discussion group that Heidi attends with Susan, describe two of the characters and what they hope to achieve by attending the discussion group. Why do you think they are mentioned in the play? What do their characters suggest about the women's movement? Do you think each will continue with their points of view, based upon what you know from the play, or give it all up?

Essay Topic 3

What point do you think the author is trying to make regarding the word "feminism?"

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