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

2. What does Flo confide to Madge?

3. Who does Mrs. Potts want Hal to take to the picnic?

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

5. Millie says the local girls are impressed with Hal's ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the setting for the play?

5. What is the mood between Madge and Hal when they return to the Owens house?

6. What do Hal and Madge symbolize for Rosemary?

7. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

8. Why is Flo obsessed with wanting Madge to marry Alan?

9. What is the climax of the play which occurs in Act 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the play's title. What did the author mean by calling the play PICNIC when there is no scene actually set at a picnic? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study on Madge. 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

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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