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 does Hal behave around the women?

2. Why does Rosemary lash out at Hal?

3. In what state does the play take place?

4. Where does Madge work?

5. With whom is Mrs. Potts speaking at the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hal react when Madge rejects him?

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

3. How are Rosemary's true feelings about men in stark contrast to her behavior?

4. Why is Flo obsessed with wanting Madge to marry Alan?

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

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

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

8. What is the source of the sibling rivalry between Madge and Millie?

9. Explain how Rosemary behaves in a humiliating manner with Hal because she is mad at Howard.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though they are sisters, Madge and Millie seem very different. Compare and contrast Madge and Millie. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study on Madge. 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?

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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