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 does Mrs. Hale notice about Mrs. Wright’s stitching on her sewing in one section?

2. What character says, “the law is the law”?

3. According to Henry Peters, what had the temperature dropped below the previous night?

4. What do the women note about the birdcage in the Wrights’ home while the men are outside?

5. Who enters first in the opening scene of Trifles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the relationship between the women in the narrative. How does the relationship develop? Why do the women gain sympathy for Mrs. Wright through the second half of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Define and analyze the theme of guilt in the narrative. What character is racked with guilt and why? In what different ways does “guilt” apply to the story? Is Minnie Wright guilty? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the setting of the story and discuss how this setting evokes mood. How is the Wright home described? What visceral sense do you get from the descriptions of the house? Why?

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