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 Hal say most of the fraternity brothers in college did not respect him?

2. What does Madge do to comfort Hal?

3. Of whom does Flo strongly disapprove?

4. Where does Millie want to go on a train?

5. Who does Flo tell Madge to ride with to the picnic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Alan had indicated to Madge that he had "taken care of" Hal. What does Madge learn that that means?

4. What does Millie dream of when she hears the train whistle in the distance?

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

6. How has Rosemary's brutal honesty changed the way in which Howard perceives her?

7. How do Madge and Hal meet?

8. How has the foreshadowing of the train come full circle for Madge by the end of the play?

9. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

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

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

PICNIC is a classic story of metamorphosis and empowerment. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

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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