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. Where does Henry Peters say a man had gone crazy the day before?

2. Mrs. Peters tells Mrs. Hale, “Mr. Henderson said coming out that what was needed for the case was” what?

3. Where do the women go to gather some things to take to Mrs. Wright in jail?

4. The success of Trifles rests largely on what dramatic/literary device that means the audience is aware of facts not grasped by characters in the play?

5. What character says, “And yet, for all their worries, what would we do without the ladies?”

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Mrs. Peters attempt to maintain objectiveness with Mrs. Hale when she concludes Minnie's innocence?

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

9. How does Trifles reflect women’s roles during Susan Glaspell’s lifetime?

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

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 details of the Hossack murder trial. Where did the trial take place and in what capacity was Susan Glaspell involved? How did the trial influence her writing in Trifles? What elements of the story were changed?

Essay Topic 3

Define and identify the imagery used in Trifles. How does the use of simile give the reader a better understanding of Mr. and Mrs. Wright? What metaphors are presented in the play? How do they reflect the play’s themes?

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