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. Why does Millie steal sips of the whiskey?

2. How has Madge spent her afternoon?

3. Where does Madge work?

4. How does Hal behave around the women?

5. What is the setting for the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Madge mad at Millie in Act 2?

2. What does Madge dream of when she hears the train whistle in the distance?

3. How does Hal react when Madge rejects him?

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

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

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

7. What is Flo's response as she witnesses the interaction between Hal and Madge?

8. What are Millie's concerns this afternoon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Madge, Rosemary, Millie and Hal. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Create a brief character study on Madge. 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?

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