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. Who joins Rosemary and Millie while they dance?

2. Madge tells her mother that she is tired of ________________.

3. What does Millie say that Hal talked about this afternoon?

4. What is Millie doing on the porch?

5. How many times has Rosemary been married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain how Millie and Madge have exchanged roles in Act 2.

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

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

6. Which characters live in the two homes?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of love. Identify at least two themes about love in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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