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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 3 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As a founding member of a famous theatrical collaboration, Susan Glaspell arranged for the first ever reading of a play by what famed playwright?
(a) Norman Mailer
(b) Edward Albee
(c) Eugene O’Neill
(d) Samuel Beckett

2. Who was accused of the murder of John Hossack?
(a) Muriel Hossack
(b) Sarah Hossack
(c) Margaret Hossack
(d) Emily Hossack

3. What sentence was the murder suspect given for the murder of John Hossack?
(a) Death by hanging
(b) Death by electric chair
(c) 25 years in prison
(d) Life in prison

4. What character did Susan Glaspell portray in the original production of Trifles?
(a) Mrs. Wright
(b) Mrs. Samuel
(c) Mrs. Hale
(d) Mrs. Peters

5. For how many months did Susan Glaspell cover the John Hossack murder case?
(a) 4
(b) 30
(c) 20
(d) 16

6. According to the Introduction, during what years did Susan Glaspell work as a reporter for the Des Moines News?
(a) 1888-1895
(b) 1899-1901
(c) 1880-1882
(d) 1798-1805

7. How many articles did Susan Glaspell write as a reporter that covered the John Hossack murder case?
(a) 35
(b) 10
(c) 15
(d) 26

8. When was Trifles first performed?
(a) March 12, 1885
(b) September 25, 1919
(c) July 15, 1901
(d) August 8, 1916

9. Where did the trial for John Hossack’s murder take place?
(a) Indianola, Iowa
(b) Albany, New York
(c) St. Paul, Minnesota
(d) Chicago, Illinois

10. In what year was John Hossack murdered?
(a) 1885
(b) 1798
(c) 1916
(d) 1900

11. Who played the role of George Henderson in the original production of Trifles?
(a) James Warner
(b) Andrew Vestile
(c) Michael Hulgan
(d) Madison Dirks

12. What important theatrical collaboration did Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook found?
(a) The Public Theater
(b) The Provincetown Players
(c) The Cincinnati Players
(d) The Greenwich Players

13. According to the Introduction, what weapon was used to kill John Hossack?
(a) A gun
(b) A rope
(c) An axe
(d) A knife

14. According to the Introduction, where was Trifles first performed?
(a) The Lucille Lortel Theater
(b) The Oak Park Theater
(c) The St. James Theatre
(d) The Wharf Theatre

15. Who portrayed Lewis Hale in the original production of Trifles?
(a) Andrew Stabler
(b) Alexander Hampton
(c) Gino Chelakis
(d) George Cram Cook

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the Introduction, who played the role of Henry Peters in the original production of Trifles?

2. When did Susan Glaspell marry George Cram Cook?

3. Where was the theatrical collaboration that Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook formed originated?

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