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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 sentence was the murder suspect given for the murder of John Hossack?

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

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

4. As a founding member of a famous theatrical collaboration, Susan Glaspell arranged for the first ever reading of a play by what famed playwright?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mrs. Hale recall Mrs. Wright? What can the reader/audience discern of Mrs. Wright’s character by Mrs. Hale’s recollections?

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

4. How does the theme of guilt apply to Mrs. Hale?

5. How does Trifles differ from episodic dramas or climactic plays?

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

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

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

9. How is the kitchen staging set up? Where are the entrances and exits?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the lives of women in rural American communities at the turn of the century. What were typical tasks assigned to women? How did the requirements of frontier life determine the role women played in the family? How were women’s and men’s roles differ?

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

Analyze and discuss the character of Minnie Wright in comparison to Margaret Hossack. How, in the articles about the Hossack trial, was Margaret Hossack described? What was Margaret Hossack’s sentence? How does this relate to the play?

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