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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 has Howard brought with him this evening?

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

3. What does Madge tell Millie about Millie's appearance?

4. What does Flo comment on when she comes out onto the porch?

5. What has Hal borrowed from Alan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Flo's real feelings about Hal become evident?

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

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

5. How does Alan respond when Madge apologizes for not going to the picnic the night before?

6. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing in Act 2?

7. What is the nature of the sudden flurry of activity around Rosemary and Howard coming out of the house?

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

9. How do Alan and Hal know each other?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

PICNIC is set in the 1950s during a time of economic boom but sexual repression. What impact did these two factors have on the author? What impact did these factors have on his work, especially the PICNIC? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Even though they are sisters, Madge and Millie seem very different. Compare and contrast Madge and Millie. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

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