Trifles Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is a symbol of Mrs. Wright’s life prior to her marriage in the play?

2. What word from the stage directions means dashing courage or heroic bravery?

3. What acts as a symbol of Mrs. Wright’s marriage in the play?

4. In what county is the play set?

5. What is Mrs. Hale’s response when the County Attorney remarks, “Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?”

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Hale defend the suspect's dirty kitchen? What does Mr. Henderson regard this to be?

2. What does Mrs. Hale begin doing once the men exit to investigate upstairs? What does she discover in the kitchen?

3. What does Mrs. Peters say in response to Mrs. Hale berating herself for not visiting Minnie?

4. What memory of brutal loss does Mrs. Peters share from her childhood?

5. What does Mrs. Hale regard of Mrs. Wright's clothing?

6. What happens after Mr. Hale finishes his story of the previous day's events?

7. What is strange about the choice of weapon used in the murder? What do the women remark about it?

8. What is the men’s response when they discover the women examining the sewing basket?

9. What scene does Mrs. Hale recreate for Mrs. Wright after the men have exited upstairs?

10. What causes Mr. Hale to backtrack in his description of Mrs. Wright's demeanor in his interview with the County Attorney?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the use of exposition in A Jury of Her Peers. In a linear plot, where does the exposition generally fall in a story? How does this traditional plot structure apply to Trifles?

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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