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. How did Hal lose his money in Nevada?

2. What does Flo confide to Madge?

3. What do Rosemary and Flo talk about regarding Helen?

4. Which of the following does Mrs. Owens not say that Madge would have if she married Alan?

5. What is Millie's demeanor in the way she is dressed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Madge dream of when she hears the train whistle in the distance?

3. What are the circumstances that let Madge and Hal alone?

4. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing in Act 2?

5. What does Millie tell Madge about her afternoon with Hal?

6. How does Rosemary behave when Howard attempts to leave?

7. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing at the end of Act 1?

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

9. Which two characters enter the scene after Howard and Rosemary exit?

10. What does Hal share with Madge about his feelings of insecurity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of evolving roles is an important one in this story. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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