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 has Howard brought with him this evening?

2. What does Flo tell Madge not to allow any ____________ when the girls go out tonight.

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

4. What does Flo comment on when she comes out onto the porch?

5. What has Hal borrowed from Alan?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Alan know that he no longer has a chance for a relationship with Madge?

2. How do Flo's real feelings about Hal become evident?

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

4. What is the mood between Madge and Hal when they return to the Owens house?

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

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

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

8. What does Millie dream of when she hears the train whistle in the distance?

9. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

10. Why is tonight a turning point in Madge's life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The role of the family is an important element in this story. Cite three examples noting the role of the family in general. Then cite three examples that showcase characteristics of a family in America during the post-World War II era.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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