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. Who tries to tell Flo the truth about the alcohol?

2. Who is Howard?

3. What time of day does Act 2 begin?

4. How many times has Rosemary been married?

5. What does Millie do after drinking the alcohol?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Madge respond to Hal's vulnerability?

2. Which characters live in the two homes?

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

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

5. How does Act 2 begin?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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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