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. Which of the following is a key theme in Trifles?

2. What is located on the table in the opening scene of Trifles?

3. Mrs. Hale remarks that there was a man selling what kind of birds last year?

4. What does Mrs. Peters tell Mrs. Hale that she knows?

5. Who does Mr. Hale recall having said, “No, he’s dead all right, and we’d better not touch anything” when he discovered the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Henderson discover broken in the cupboard? What does Mrs. Peters remark about this?

2. What indication does Mrs. Wright give in front of Mr. Henderson that Mr. Wright is unpleasant?

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

4. What leads Mr. Henderson to the conclusion that Mrs. Wright is a bad housekeeper?

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

6. What does Mrs. Hale remark to Mrs. Peters about the lack of children in the home and Mr. Wright's personality?

7. What does Mrs. Hale say to Mrs. Peters in disregarding the stitching of the quilt?

8. When George Henderson asks if Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Wright had been friends, how does Mrs. Hale reply?

9. What comment is made regarding the kitchen before the men depart upstairs? Why is this significant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the objectives of each character and the actions taken to achieve those objectives. What does Mr. Henderson want to find in the home? Why does he abandon the kitchen?

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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