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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 number does Mrs. Stevenson want the operator to get for her at the end of Act I, Part 4?
2. How does Mrs. Stevenson's husband address her in the telegram he sends?
3. What does Mrs. Stevenson want Duffy to send to her neighborhood right away?
4. What is Mrs. Stevenson's attitude when she tells Duffy that he needs to do more than check the call?
5. What is Duffy's attitude as he listens to Mrs. Stevenson explain what she wants?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Duffy tell Mrs. Stevenson when she says that the murder could take place in her neighborhood?
2. Who calls Mrs. Stevenson after she finishes speaking with the Third Operator?
3. As Duffy opens his coffee container, what does Mrs. Stevenson tell him that he should do?
4. After speaking with Western Union, what sound can be heard outside and what does Mrs. Stevenson do?
5. What does Mrs. Stevenson tell Duffy about her situation after he takes her name and address?
6. Why does the operator tell Mrs. Stevenson that she cannot put through the missed calls Mrs. Stevenson received?
7. What does Mrs. Stevenson to do after trying her husband's office number again at the end of Act I, Part 4?
8. What does Duffy say about murders in the city?
9. What does Mrs. Stevenson say and do after the operator tells her that she cannot put through the calls that Mrs. Stevenson missed?
10. How does the call end with the Western Union messenger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mrs. Stevenson is the most developed character in the play. How do readers learn about the type of woman Mrs. Stevenson is? How is her character developed? What is learned about her character and the type of person she is?
Essay Topic 2
The play was written in 1943. The plot of play is dependent upon how telephone calls were made in that time period. What elements of the play might be difficult for readers to understand? What elements are universal to all time periods? How does the fact that the play was written in 1943 affect readers and their understanding of the play?
Essay Topic 3
At first, Mrs. Stevenson is just concerned that someone is going to be murdered. What conversation does Mrs. Stevenson have that puts the idea in her head that she might be the intended victim? Has that thought crossed her mind before? What type of reasoning does Mrs Stevenson use to determine that she is going to be the victim?
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