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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. 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) 2008.
(c) 2002.
(d) 2003.

2. When discussing the case with the sheriff, the county attorney says, "But you know juries when it comes to" what?
(a) Women.
(b) Couples.
(c) Country folk.
(d) Murderers.

3. Where was Mrs. Wright when Mr. Hale had entered the Wright house the previous day?
(a) In the rocking chair.
(b) In the kitchen.
(c) Sleeping in bed.
(d) At the kitchen table.

4. According to Mr. Hale's story, Mrs. Wright was doing what to her apron when he visited?
(a) Ripping at it.
(b) Pleating it.
(c) Sewing a patch on it.
(d) Ironing it.

5. What kind of weapon was in the Wrights' house but wasn't used on Mr. Wright?
(a) A gun.
(b) A machete.
(c) A dagger.
(d) A rope.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Mrs. Hale recall having met Mrs. Peters previously in the beginning of the story?

2. The only unbroken jar of fruit in the cupboard is filled with ___________.

3. Mrs. Wright's shawl always hangs on what?

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

5. How many women are waiting in the two-seated buggy when Mrs. Hale goes out to join them in the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Mr. Hale call inside after Mrs. Wright told him Mr. Wright was dead? What did they find?

2. What does Mrs. Hale remark to Mrs. Peters about the lack of children in the home and Mr. Wright's personality when the women are alone?

3. What foreshadowing is used in the opening scene of A Jury of Her Peers?

4. How does Mrs. Hale recall Mrs. Wright? What significance does this have in interpreting Minnie's character?

5. How does Sheriff Peters begin the investigation after arriving at the Wright home? What does Mr. Henderson interrupt to ask?

6. Why had Mr. Hale stopped at the Wrights' property the previous day?

7. When Mr. Hale questioned Mrs. Wright about her husband's murder, what did she inform him?

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

9. What close call do the women face in the climax of the story regarding the evidence?

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

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