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 does Monsewer think about Irish martyrs?

2. This raucous comedy-drama tells the parallel stories of what two people?

3. What does Pat do when Colette takes the money?

4. How does the officer quote a leader of the IRA?

5. Why do Meg and Teresa enter the scene at this point?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Meg appear? What does the Officer think of this?

4. How does the play end?

5. What does Pat tell the Soldier about his situation?

6. What news does Monsewer have for Pat?

7. What story does Pat tell, after the Soldier demands to know what he did to deserve this treatment?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pat makes a comment about H-bombs.

Part 1) What is the comment that he makes? Why does he make this comment?

Part 2) How is this comment important to the play and the message sent by the playwright to the audience?

Part 3) What is the connection between this comment and the soldier's song at the end of the act? What is the purpose for this connection?

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

Teresa is revealed as a humanist.

Part 1) How is she revealed as a humanist? What does her compassion foreshadow?

Part 2) How do Teresa's humanist views play into the tension of the play?

Part 3) What is the purpose for Teresa's character? Use the text to support your response.

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