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 character in the play is based on the real-life figure of Margaret Hossack?

2. Mrs. Peters claims that “[t]he law has got to” do what?

3. Mrs. Peters exclaims to Mrs. Hale, “My, it’s a good thing the men couldn’t hear us. Wouldn’t they just laugh! Getting all stirred up over a little things like a” what?

4. When speaking with Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale claims, “I know how things can be—for” what?

5. What title refers to an officer, as of a county or municipality, whose chief function is to investigate any death not clearly resulting from natural causes?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Mrs. Hale ask Mrs. Peters her opinion on the guilt of Mrs. Wright? What is her reply?

2. How is the theme of female loyalty illustrated in the play?

3. What does Mrs. Hale discover in the box in Mrs. Wright's sewing basket? How do the women respond?

4. What is discovered by Mrs. Peters in the stitching of Mrs. Wright's quilt?

5. How does Mrs. Peters describe her understanding of stillness in the narrative?

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

7. How do the men in the play respond to Mrs. Wright's worry over her preserves?

8. What leads the women to discover the pretty box in Mrs. Wright's sewing basket?

9. What does Mrs. Hale remark to Mrs. Peters about the signs of anger in the Wrights' house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of John Wright and different qualities that lead the reader to believe Mrs. Wright killed him. Is the murder justified given the circumstances? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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