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. In what state does the play take place?

2. Where does Rosemary shout that Hal belongs?

3. With whom is Millie bickering on the porch at the Owens house?

4. Who dances with Madge on the porch?

5. To what does Mrs. Potts invite Hal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Millie try to soothe Alan who is obviously upset this morning?

2. How does Madge leave her mother's house?

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

4. What is the nature of the sudden flurry of activity around Rosemary and Howard coming out of the house?

5. What is the mood between Howard and Rosemary when they arrive home?

6. Explain the metaphor that the Picasso pictures have in Millie's life.

7. What are Flo's concerns about Millie this afternoon?

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

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

10. How has the foreshadowing of the train come full circle for Madge by the end of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Inge's use of humor in the play. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of married women in the 1950s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1950s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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