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 do Pat and Meg talk briefly about when Monsewer leaves?

2. As Pat comments on how pretty Teresa is, what does Meg say?

3. What does Pat say about the tenants' money?

4. What does the officer tell Meg and Teresa to do?

5. Why can Mulleady not leave with Miss Gilchrist?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Monsewer want to do with the Soldier? To what does this lead?

2. How do Teresa and Meg feel about Monsewer?

3. What does Monsewer think about the Irish soldier's predicament?

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

5. Of what does the Soldier try to convince Meg?

6. What news does Monsewer have for Pat?

7. About what does Pat sing?

8. What does Pat have to say about his first meeting with Monsewer?

9. What do Meg and Pat say about Monsewer's past?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play's ultimate thematic point has to do with a universal human condition.

Part 1) What is this universal condition? How does it affect everyone?

Part 2) How have you, personally, been affected by this universal human condition?

Part 3) Do you agree with this theme? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

It is difficult to understand this play without some idea of the long-standing battle waged by the IRA for Ireland's independence from Great Britain.

Part 1) Describe this battle, based on class discussions and information from the play.

Part 2) What does this play reveal about this battle?

Part 3) Based on this play, how successful is the IRA? Why?

Part 4) How are the Irish and British of today affected by this battle? How does it also affect others outside this part of the world?

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