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 joins Rosemary and Millie while they dance?

2. In college, Hal and Alan were __________________.

3. What does Bomber do when Madge tells him to leave her alone?

4. What type of job does Alan say he can get for Hal?

5. Why does Hal say most of the fraternity brothers in college did not respect him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are Rosemary's true feelings about men in stark contrast to her behavior?

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

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

5. Why is Flo obsessed with wanting Madge to marry Alan?

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

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

8. Explain how Millie and Madge have exchanged roles in Act 2.

9. What is Hal's demeanor when he returns to the Owens household?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Alcohol takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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