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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. When talking with Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale claims, "If there had been years and years of -- nothing, then a bird to sing to you, it would be awful ____ after the bird was still."

2. 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?

3. What is beside the wooden bucket on a low shelf in the kitchen?

4. What color roll of cloth does Mrs. Hale remove from Mrs. Wright's basket?

5. Susan Glaspell wrote A Jury of Her Peers based on the Hossack murder which she discovered working as _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the theme of guilt apply to Mrs. Hale in the narrative?

2. When Mrs. Hale begins to piece together the story of Minnie Wright, how does she berate her own actions?

3. How is Mrs. Peters described through Mrs. Hale's thoughts in the beginning of the narrative?

4. What does Mr. Henderson discover broken in the cupboard?

5. What indication does Mrs. Wright give in front of Mr. Henderson that Mr. Wright was unpleasant?

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

7. What is suspicious about the choice of weapon used in the murder? What do the women remark about it?

8. What is discovered about the birdcage which is uncanny by the two women?

9. Who went for help after discovering Mr. Wright's body? What did Mr. Hale discuss with Mrs. Wright?

10. How do the men respond to Mrs. Wright's worry about her preserves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the objectives of each character and the actions taken to achieve those objectives. What does Mr. Henderson want to find in the home? Why does he abandon the kitchen?

Essay Topic 2

Define and analyze the theme of guilt in the narrative. What character is racked with guilt and why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of John Wright and different qualities which lead the reader to believe Mrs. Wright killed him. Is murder justified, given the circumstances? Why or why not?

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