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 Mrs. Owens try to convince Madge to do?

2. What is Millie wearing as Act 2 begins?

3. Why does Rosemary refuse to go to the picnic?

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

5. Who is the owner of one of the homes where the action takes place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Madge and Hal declare their true feelings for each other.

3. Why is tonight a turning point in Madge's life?

4. How does Alan know that he no longer has a chance for a relationship with Madge?

5. Which characters live in the two homes?

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

7. Which two characters appear first in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

9. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain Inge's use of humor in the play. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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