The Hostage Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the others respond when the Soldier asks whether any of the others would let him free?

2. After the Soldier asks for a cigarette and is told there are none, the Officer tells him he will be getting what?

3. What does the Soldier wonder about Teresa?

4. What does Princess Grace do as the Soldier and Miss Gilchrist argue over who he should pay attention to?

5. Over what do the characters argue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is difficult to understand this play without some idea of the long-standing battle waged by the IRA for Ireland's independence from Great Britain.

Part 1) Describe this battle, based on class discussions and information from the play.

Part 2) What does this play reveal about this battle?

Part 3) Based on this play, how successful is the IRA? Why?

Part 4) How are the Irish and British of today affected by this battle? How does it also affect others outside this part of 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

A sub-theme of the play is no matter who and what these people are and what they do to survive, patriotism in the name of Ireland is the one noble value they have in their lives.

Part 1) How does one know this is a sub-theme?

Part 2) How does this sub-theme reflect the beliefs of the characters in this play?

Part 3) Does this type of patriotism exist anywhere else in the world? If so, where and why? If not, why not?

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