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 time of day does Act 2 begin?

2. Instead of going to the picnic, Madge and Hal ______________.

3. To what does Mrs. Potts invite Hal?

4. What has Madge decided to wear to the picnic?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Rosemary and what is her outward opinion of men?

3. Who is Hal and how is he introduced in the scene?

4. Explain Madge's confusion regarding making love to Hal earlier tonight.

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

6. Explain the metaphor that the Picasso pictures have in Millie's life.

7. What time of day is it when Act 3, Scene 1 begins?

8. What decision does Madge make about her life at the end of the play?

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

10. Which two characters appear first in Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Inge uses more than one iteration on the theme of beauty. Identify at least two themes about beauty in the play. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of married women in the 1950s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1950s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the play. Why does Inge use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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