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 does Flo hear as she stands on her porch at the end of Act 1?

2. What does Flo tell Madge before she leaves for the picnic?

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

4. What time of day does the play begin?

5. In college, Hal and Alan were __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hal enter the scene to talk to Madge?

2. How does the author use the technique of irony regarding Rosemary's perceptions of Hal?

3. What is the setting of Act 3, Scene 2?

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

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

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

7. What are the circumstances that let Madge and Hal alone?

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

9. Why is Rosemary in a flurry of activity this morning?

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

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

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.

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