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 is Monsewer doing as he comes in?

2. Why do Pat and the Officer go out?

3. Of what is Monsewer the owner?

4. About what does Pat sing?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is this play about?

2. How does Meg respond to Pat's comment about the house being little more than a brothel? How does he reassure her?

3. Why is Monsewer playing the bagpipes?

4. What news does Monsewer have for Pat?

5. What is revealed about the boarding house?

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

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

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

9. How does the play end?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The kidnapping of the British soldier can be seen as symbolic.

Part 1) Why is he kidnapped? How is this symbolic?

Part 2) What is the purpose of his death? Is it symbolic? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) What other examples of symbolism exist in this story? What is the purpose of this symbolism? What message does the playwright send the audience through this symbolism?

Essay Topic 2

There is a sense of vaudeville or music hall.

Part 1) How is this play like a vaudeville or music hall show?

Part 2) What is the playwright's purpose for using this style?

Part 3) Is this stylistic choice successful? Why or why not?

Part 4) If you could change anything about this play, what would it be, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Princess Grace makes a comment about the censor.

Part 1) What is the censor? What is the censor's purpose?

Part 2) How does this affect Ireland?

Part 3) How does it increase tension between Ireland and England? Are censors used in other parts of the world? Do they create such tension? Why or why not?

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