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

2. When did Susan Glaspell marry George Cram Cook?

3. Who played the role of George Henderson in the original production of Trifles?

4. Where did the trial for John Hossack’s murder take place?

5. What character did Susan Glaspell portray in the original production of Trifles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What passing comment of Mr. Hale's reveals information about the Wrights’ relationship?

2. What themes are central in the play? Which characters are the focus of the play?

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

4. Why does Mr. Hale stop at the Wrights' property the previous day?

5. What does Mr. Hale describe when he knocks at the Wrights' door the previous day?

6. What genre does the play Trifles fall into? Why?

7. What is revealed about the characters through their dialogue and language?

8. How is the Wright property described?

9. What does Mr. Hale respond when questioned about how Mrs. Wright appears when he arrives the previous day?

10. When was Susan Glaspell inspired to write Trifles? Who encouraged her to write it and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the symbolism of the bird cage, the pretty box, and the dead canary. What is represented by each item? How do these symbols reflect the play’s themes? How do they help develop the tone of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Mr. Henderson and his role in the narrative. What threat does Mr. Henderson pose to Minnie Wright? What threat does he pose to Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale? What is Mr. Henderson's intention in his investigation?

Essay Topic 3

Define and analyze the theme of female loyalty in the narrative. What actions of the women reinforce this theme? Are their actions driven by the male characters? Why or why not?

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