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 Rosemary want Howard to take her?

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

3. What concerns Millie about boys?

4. Who is Howard?

5. Which character is by herself as Act 2 begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of the sudden flurry of activity around Rosemary and Howard coming out of the house?

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

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

5. Which characters live in the two homes?

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

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

8. What does Millie do to mask her anger at the attraction between Madge and Hal?

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

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

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

Explain the role of married women in the 1950s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1950s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?

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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