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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. According to the Introduction, where was Trifles first performed?
2. According to the Introduction, what weapon was used to kill John Hossack?
3. What character did Susan Glaspell portray in the original production of Trifles?
4. According to the Introduction, during what years did Susan Glaspell work as a reporter for the Des Moines News?
5. In what year was John Hossack murdered?
Short Essay Questions
1. What themes are central in the play? Which characters are the focus of the play?
2. What passing comment of Mr. Hale's reveals information about the Wrights’ relationship?
3. Why has Trifles been associated with feminist writing and theory?
4. What does Mrs. Wright tell Mr. Hale about who murdered her husband? Who has she notified of his death?
5. How is the theme of gender roles defined in the plot of the play?
6. How was Susan Glaspell involved in the murder trial that she later based Trifles on? What were her feelings about the trial?
7. Why does Mr. Hale stop at the Wrights' property the previous day?
8. What does Mr. Hale describe when he knocks at the Wrights' door the previous day?
9. How does Trifles reflect “local color” in its style and narrative?
10. What does Mrs. Wright reply when Mr. Hale tells her that he wants to see Mr. Wright?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the character of Mrs. Peters and her relationship to the other characters. What are some of Mrs. Peters’ characteristics? What is Mrs. Peters' objective in the story? What actions does the author commit to forward those objectives?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the foreshadowing from the opening scene in the narrative. What clue does the reader gain for future events in the story? How does the author highlight foreshadowing?
Essay Topic 3
Trifles contains several important symbols. What are some of the important symbols in Trifles? How does Glaspell use these symbols to propel the plot and convey deeper levels of meaning about her characters or themes?
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