Six Plays Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Florence Henrietta Darwin
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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. Two people utter the phrase, "and that's where I've got to quit" in the first act of "Days to Come." Who are they?

2. Who told Julie that Leo Whalen likes to walk along the river?

3. What was Whalen supposed to become, according to his mother?

4. in "The Little Foxes," who mentions how "Southern aristocrats have kept together"?

5. What two friends can't come to an agreement in Act I of "Days to Come"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does everyone want Horace to come home?

2. Who tells Mrs. Tilford that Mary is a strange and bad girl and why?

3. Why is Whalen trying to keep the laborers from fighting with the strike breakers?

4. How does Wilkie talk Julie out of telling her husband the truth about Whalen's whereabouts when the murder takes place?

5. Why does Mossie kill Easter?

6. What does Regina want in exchange for the bonds, and what will she do if she doesn't get it?

7. Describe the Rodman living room in "Days to Come."

8. "The Children's Hour" was author Lillian Hellman's first play. Who did she dedicate it to?

9. What does Oscar think about shooting for sport?

10. What causes Rosalie to become hysterical in Act II of "The Children's Hour"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the characterization of women that author Hellman uses in each of the six plays. How does the vividness of the lead female characters compare to that of the male characters?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the six plays by Lillian Hellman and analyze it. Explain the theme, plot, and characterization of that play.

Essay Topic 3

Julie in "Days to Come" is a character who seems to be searching for meaning in her life. She tells Whalen that she's been busy find out about herself. Discuss what Julie is looking for and what she has found out about her self and her desires.

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