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

3. What are the characters preparing to do tonight?

4. What time of day does Act 2 begin?

5. Who does Mrs. Potts want Hal to take to the picnic?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Millie try to soothe Alan who is obviously upset this morning?

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

3. What is the mood between Howard and Rosemary when they arrive home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

PICNIC is a classic story of metamorphosis and empowerment. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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