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 Bomber ask Madge?

2. What does Millie tease Madge about?

3. With whom does Rosemary dance aggressively?

4. Why does Millie steal sips of the whiskey?

5. What does Millie say that Hal talked about this afternoon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What decision does Madge make about her life at the end of the play?

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

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

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

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

7. Which two characters enter the scene after Howard and Rosemary exit?

8. What is different about Rosemary's behavior with Hal when she begs him to marry her?

9. What is the source of the sibling rivalry between Madge and Millie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

The role of the family is an important element in this story. Cite three examples noting the role of the family in general. Then cite three examples that showcase characteristics of a family in America during the post-World War II era.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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