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. What is Rosemary Snyder's profession?

3. What does Millie do after drinking the alcohol?

4. What time of day does the play begin?

5. How old is Madge Owens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Madge and Hal declare their true feelings for each other.

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

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

5. Why is Rosemary in a flurry of activity this morning?

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

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

8. Which characters live in the two homes?

9. Which two characters enter the scene after Howard and Rosemary exit?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study on Rosemary. 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

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.

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