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

2. Why does Madge return to the house?

3. What type of job does Alan say he can get for Hal?

4. To what does Mrs. Potts invite Hal?

5. What does Madge tell Millie about Millie's appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Alan had indicated to Madge that he had "taken care of" Hal. What does Madge learn that that means?

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

3. What are Millie's concerns this afternoon?

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

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

6. Explain how Millie and Madge have exchanged roles in Act 2.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

PICNIC is set in the 1950s during a time of economic boom but sexual repression. What impact did these two factors have on the author? What impact did these factors have on his work, especially the PICNIC? Explain.

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