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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Mr. Hale began to retell the previous days events, Mrs. Hale "had that sinking feeling of the mother whose child is about to _____________.
(a) "Confess to something."
(b) "Lie to her."
(c) "Get into trouble."
(d) "Speak a piece."

2. When Mr. Hale was asked how Mrs. Wright looked when he had entered the previous day, he first responds that she looked __________.
(a) Queer.
(b) Angry.
(c) Lonely.
(d) Sick.

3. From where did Mr. Henderson travel to come to the crime scene?
(a) Omaha.
(b) Chicago.
(c) Nashville.
(d) Denver.

4. When did the murder trial of John Hossack take place?
(a) 1899.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1900.

5. In what year did the Library of America select the original newspaper article upon which A Jury of Her Peers is based for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime?
(a) 2005.
(b) 2003.
(c) 2002.
(d) 2008.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Mr. Hale's response when asked the question of Mrs. Wright, "How did she seem to feel about your coming?"

2. What sentence follows Mrs. Hale's line: "No, Wright wouldn't like the bird -- a thing that sang. She used to sing"?

3. What does Mrs. Hale discover under the cloth in Mrs. Wright's sewing basket?

4. Where does Mrs. Peters say she and her husband had homesteaded before living here?

5. To whom does Sheriff Peters ask Mr. Hale to explain what he'd seen the previous morning in the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads Mr. Henderson to the conclusion that Mrs. Wright is a bad housekeeper?

2. How does Mr. Henderson explain the need for a motive in the case to the sheriff?

3. How is the character of Mr. Wright revealed in Mr. Hale's story?

4. What did Mrs. Wright do when Mr. Hale attempted to make small talk?

5. How does Mrs. Peters attempt to maintain objectiveness with Mrs. Hale when she concludes Minnie's innocence?

6. How does Mrs. Hale begin to piece together the signs of anger in the Wrights' house?

7. How does Mrs. Peters describe her understanding of stillness in the narrative?

8. What leads Mrs. Hale to the conclusion that Mr. Wright killed the bird?

9. When does Mrs. Hale ask Mrs. Peters her opinion on the guilt of Mrs. Wright? What is her reply?

10. How is the theme of gender roles defined in the plot of the story?

(see the answer keys)

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