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. Where does Madge work?

2. What do Rosemary and Flo talk about regarding Helen?

3. Of whom does Flo strongly disapprove?

4. What payment does Mrs. Potts give Hal in exchange for his work?

5. Who took Millie and Hal out for Cokes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the mood between Madge and Hal when they return to the Owens house?

4. What is the setting for the play?

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

6. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

7. How does Madge leave her mother's house?

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

9. How does Act 2 begin?

10. Explain how Rosemary behaves in a humiliating manner with Hal because she is mad at Howard.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of evolving roles is an important one in this story. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

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