The Hostage 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 ironic comment does Pat make, regarding what Monsewar has told him?

2. How does Teresa feel about Monsewer?

3. As the IRA officer inspects the books, what does he say?

4. What do Pat, Meg, and Monsewer discuss?

5. How did Monsewer choose his title?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the boarding house?

2. When Meg returns, about what do she and Pat argue?

3. What happens when music comes on the radio? How do the characters' actions change when the British soldier enters?

4. What do the characters say about the Bible and Miss Gilchrist's faith?

5. How does Teresa act when she finds out the Officer did not give the Soldier the cigarettes? How does the Soldier respond?

6. How does Miss Gilchrist respond when the others angrily ask her about her name?

7. How does the scene end?

8. What does Pat tell Teresa to do? How will he reward her? How does she respond?

9. What happens when Mulleady asks about the shirts Meg was to have laundered?

10. How did Monsewer come about his name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various characters are symbolic.

Part 1) How are the characters symbolic? Why are they each symbolic?

Part 2) How do they evolve throughout the play? What is the purpose of this evolution?

Part 3) What message does the playwright want the audience to take away from these symbolic characters, as well as how they evolve and are developed throughout the play.

Essay Topic 2

There is a feeling of suspense at several points throughout this play.

Part 1) Describe two of these points. Why does this suspense exist?

Part 2) How is this suspense affected by the vaudeville feel of the play? What is the purpose of the vaudeville feel of the play in regards to the suspense in this play?

Part 3) How does this suspense affect the reader or audience member? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The play makes several points about religion.

Part 1) How is religion brought up in this play?

Part 2) What does this story say about religion? How does this reflect the centuries old tension between Ireland and England?

Part 3) Is there conflict between religion and patriotism? Why or why not? Does this type of conflict exist anywhere else in the world? Explain.

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