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. Why does Millie steal sips of the whiskey?

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

3. What does Bomber ask Madge?

4. Which of the following does Mrs. Owens not say that Madge would have if she married Alan?

5. What does Alan tell Madge that his father is making him do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are Rosemary's true feelings about men in stark contrast to her behavior?

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

4. What is Hal's demeanor when he returns to the Owens household?

5. How does Madge hurt Hal when he kisses her goodbye?

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

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

8. How does the author use the technique of irony regarding Rosemary's perceptions of Hal?

9. How does Hal react when Madge rejects him?

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

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

Create a brief character study on Rosemary. 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

There is much symbolism in this story regarding the train whistles. What do the train whistles symbolize for Madge and Millie? What do they ultimately symbolize for Flo?

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