Picnic Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Rosemary Snyder's profession?

2. In what state does the play take place?

3. What does Hal ask of Alan?

4. How has Madge spent her afternoon?

5. In what state did Hal work on a ranch?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Howard evade the marriage question at least temporarily?

2. Which characters live in the two homes?

3. What does Millie dream of when she hears the train whistle in the distance?

4. How does the author use the technique of irony regarding Rosemary's perceptions of Hal?

5. How has Rosemary's brutal honesty changed the way in which Howard perceives her?

6. What are Flo's intentions regarding Madge and her boyfriend, Alan?

7. How does Hal enter the scene to talk to Madge?

8. How does Alan respond when Madge apologizes for not going to the picnic the night before?

9. What personal information does Hal share with Alan regarding his family and upbringing?

10. What does Rosemary's pleading behavior show about her true needs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of the family is an important element in this story. Cite three examples noting the role of the family in general. Then cite three examples that showcase characteristics of a family in America during the post-World War II era.

Essay Topic 2

Inge uses more than one iteration on the theme of beauty. Identify at least two themes about beauty in the play. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study on Rosemary. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

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