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 do the women find shocking about Hal?

2. How did Hal lose his money in Nevada?

3. What does Flo tell Madge not to allow any ____________ when the girls go out tonight.

4. What does Millie do after drinking the alcohol?

5. Why does Flo send Millie to Helen's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Alan's ineffective response when he sees Hal with Madge.

2. How do Madge and Hal meet?

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

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

5. How does Rosemary behave when Howard attempts to leave?

6. Explain how Rosemary behaves in a humiliating manner with Hal because she is mad at Howard.

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

8. How does Millie try to soothe Alan who is obviously upset this morning?

9. How does Howard evade the marriage question at least temporarily?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe the overall setting for the play. Why does Inge use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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