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 did the people in Hollywood tell Hal he would have to do to be on camera?

2. Millie has decorated her room with copies of paintings by which artist?

3. Where did Hal and Alan meet?

4. To what does Mrs. Potts invite Hal?

5. What does Madge do to comfort Hal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Hal and Madge symbolize for Rosemary?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Alan's ineffective response when he sees Hal with Madge.

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

9. What is Flo's response as she witnesses the interaction between Hal and Madge?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the play's title. What did the author mean by calling the play PICNIC when there is no scene actually set at a picnic? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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