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. Why does Mulleady say Colette should not have to service the Polish sailor?

2. This person who will soon be arriving is what?

3. What is the IRA?

4. What do Pat and Meg say about Monsewer's history?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place in the conversation between Teresa and the Soldier?

2. How do the other characters react, when Meg finishes her song?

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

4. What happens when Meg sees Teresa?

5. How does the scene end?

6. What takes place while the Officer is thinking?

7. What does the Soldier do as he enters the scene?

8. What does the Officer ask about Teresa? What is Pat's response?

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

10. What happens when Teresa enters the room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The last scene contains sudden violence.

Part 1) Describe this sudden violence. Why is it so sudden?

Part 2) What is the purpose of this sudden violence? How does it support the theme?

Part 3) What message is sent to the audience through this violence?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of "prisoner" is discussed.

Part 1) Who are the prisoners in this story? How are they prisoners?

Part 2) How is this concept explored in this story? Why?

Part 3) What is the author's purpose for exploring the concept of prisoner?

Essay Topic 3

Musical interludes and dark humor are repeated throughout the play.

Part 1) Describe two of these moments. Why do they take place?

Part 2) What is the overall purpose for these musical interludes and dark humor? Of what performance styles does this remind you? Why?

Part 3) Does this enhance the story? Why or why not? What is the playwright's purpose for using this music and humor?

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