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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 does Musgrave want to purify the town of?

2. What does the Mayor give Musgrave permission to do?

3. Who does Musgrave tell Mrs. Hitchcock not to mention to the other soldiers?

4. What do the colliers tell the soldiers is their business?

5. What does the pugnacious collier say Musgrave is in spite of having stripes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Musgrave think they can make the Collier's hate disappear?

2. How does the Bargee start the celebration at the end of Act 3, Scene 1, Part 2?

3. How does the Bargee offer to help Walsh?

4. Why does Hurst say he joined Musgrave in his mission?

5. How does Musgrave deal with Sparky's death?

6. What does Musgrave say is his recruitment police?

7. What is the Bargee's opinion on the soldiers?

8. How do Musgrave and Attercliffe try to stop Hurst?

9. What does Musgrave claim is his mission?

10. What does Annie tell the crowd about the soldiers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Pick two characters from the play and discuss their goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters' goals and motives affect their interactions with each other?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the play's reception in three different countries including the country in which the book was written. How do their opinions about the play differ? Was the play more influential in one country than another? If so, why?

Essay Topic 3

How did Arden view the 1950s? What impact have his views had on literature as a whole? Has that impact been mainly positive, or mainly negative?

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