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. Who is playing the bagpipes?

2. What does Teresa promise?

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

4. What takes place suddenly in this story?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does the IRA officer want to keep the prisoner at this house? Why or why not?

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

4. For what does the Soldier ask? Does he get it? Why or why not?

5. What does the IRA officer come in and do?

6. About what is the article? How do the various characters react?

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

8. How does the play end?

9. What do Pat and Meg think about the kidnapping of the British soldier?

10. What takes place while the Officer is thinking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There is tension between the various characters.

Part 1) Give two examples of tension. Why does this tension exist?

Part 2) How is this tension affected by the play's vaudeville style? Why?

Part 3) How does this tension imitate real life?

Essay Topic 3

An historical point about Queen Victoria is made.

Part 1) What is the point? Why is it made?

Part 2) What does this story reveal about Ireland at the time of this play?

Part 3) How has this event created tension in Ireland? How has this event affected the Irish people as well as others around the world?

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