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. Which of the following does Mrs. Owens not say that Madge would have if she married Alan?

2. What time of day does the play begin?

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

4. What do Mrs. Owens, Madge and Millie hear as they stand on their porch?

5. Millie has decorated her room with copies of paintings by which artist?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing at the end of Act 1?

2. How does Act 2 begin?

3. Explain the metaphor that the Picasso pictures have in Millie's life.

4. What are Millie's concerns this afternoon?

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

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

7. How does the author use the technique of irony regarding Rosemary's perceptions of Hal?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study on Hal. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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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