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. About what does Pat sing?

2. What does Meg tell Teresa about Monswer?

3. What does Meg tearfully tell him?

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

5. Why had Teresa left a convent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What story does Teresa tell?

4. Who does Miss Gilchrist want to leave with her? Why can this character not leave?

5. What transitions into the first scene?

6. What takes place while the Officer is thinking?

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

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

9. With what does Princess Grace enter?

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

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

All of the characters are "prisoners."

Part 1) How is each character a "prisoner?"

Part 2) Are they able to escape? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are people prisoners in real life? How do these hostage situations in the story reflect real life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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