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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the Introduction, who played the role of Henry Peters in the original production of Trifles?
(a) Robert Conville
(b) Mark Whitburg
(c) James Harris
(d) Preston Lorio

3. When did Susan Glaspell marry George Cram Cook?
(a) 1885
(b) 1916
(c) 1919
(d) 1913

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What important theatrical collaboration did Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook found?

2. According to the Introduction, where was Trifles first performed?

3. What sentence was the murder suspect given for the murder of John Hossack?

4. For how many months did Susan Glaspell cover the John Hossack murder case?

5. When was Trifles first performed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Wright property described?

2. How is the theme of gender roles defined in the plot of the play?

3. Upon what historic murder trial are the events in Trifles based?

4. What does Mrs. Wright reply when Mr. Hale tells her that he wants to see Mr. Wright?

5. Who does Mr. Hale call inside after Mrs. Wright tells him Mr. Wright is dead? What did they find?

6. What does Mrs. Wright do when Mr. Hale attempts to make small talk?

7. How was Susan Glaspell involved in the murder trial that she later based Trifles on? What were her feelings about the trial?

8. Who goes for help after discovering Mr. Wright's body? What does Mr. Hale discuss with Mrs. Wright?

9. What does Mrs. Wright tell Mr. Hale about who murdered her husband? Who has she notified of his death?

10. What information does Mr. Hale reveal about Mr. Wright’s character through his interview with the Sheriff and County Attorney?

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