Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is the setting for the play?
PICNIC starts on Labor Day, early in the morning in a small Kansas town. All of the on-stage action happens on the porches of two neighboring homes.
2. Which characters live in the two homes?
Mrs. Flo Owens lives in one of the homes with her teenage daughters, Madge and Millie. An older woman, Mrs. Helen Potts, lives in the other house, where she takes care of her invalid mother.
3. Who is Hal and how is he introduced in the scene?
The scene starts with Mrs. Potts talking with Hal, a very handsome young vagabond she has hired for the day. Mrs. Potts is very kind to him and feeds him breakfast in exchange for his work.
4. How do Madge and Hal meet?
On the Owens' porch, Millie is bickering with a teenager named...
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