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. Pat salutes him, sees he has something important to talk about, and tells Meg to do what?

2. Why is this person playing the bagpipes?

3. What does Mulleady reveal about his past?

4. What is Monsewer doing as he comes in?

5. What does the officer do when Pat says he needs to go out to get the money before he will allow the prisoner to stay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place while the Officer is thinking?

2. How did Monsewer come about his name?

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

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

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

6. How does Meg react when the Soldier describes their situation as war?

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

8. For whom does the Soldier mistake Miss Gilchrist? Why?

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

10. What takes place while Teresa is under the bed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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