Scoundrel Time Test | Final 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. The government convinced people that progressive men were _______.

2. Why was London the place to extend Hellman's visa?

3. How did the panel members react to Hellman's answers?

4. How did Hellman stay in Rome?

5. Of what did Nixon's election convince Hellman?

Short Essay Questions

1. After others testified, why was the Committee's interest in interrogating Hellman even more appealing?

2. When looking back at the drama with the McCarthy hearings, what did Hellman feel?

3. How did Hellman attempt to gain the upper hand with the government? What was her letter trying to change?

4. What did Rauh think would be the majority of the questions at Hellman's hearing? Why would the accusations implied in them be easy to disprove?

5. Why was Rauh able to enter Hellman's letter into evidence?

6. Why did Rauh feel bad before the hearing? What did Hellman choose to feel?

7. Was Hellman's plan to abstain from incriminating others impossible?

8. Why did the Committee have to dismiss Hellman?

9. What was curious about the events around Hellman learning about her subpoena?

10. What new information was revealed in the New York Review of Books, proving government corruption? How did the government respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the effect money had on Hellman's life, giving examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Much of "Scoundrel Time" is Hellman's opinion of events and their effects. Discuss how this opinion-based recount affects the reader and her message. Give examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss and compare Hellman's modes when it came to resisting and responding to her predicament and McCarthy's modes of control and intimidation. Give examples from the book of both Hellman and McCarthy to support your answers.

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