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. How many times has Rosemary been married?

2. Who tries to tell Flo the truth about the alcohol?

3. What is Rosemary Snyder's profession?

4. What is unusual about Madge?

5. What does Millie do after drinking the alcohol?

Short Essay Questions

1. What personal information does Hal share with Alan regarding his family and upbringing?

2. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing at the end of Act 1?

3. How does Act 2 begin?

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

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

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

7. What are the circumstances that let Madge and Hal alone?

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

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

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

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

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends through all the female characters. What is the presumed role of women in America during the 1950s? Explain by giving examples.

Essay Topic 3

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

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