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 central theme in Trifles?

2. How does Mr. Hale describe the Wrights’ house when he arrives and discovers the murder?

3. When did Mr. Hale come to the house and discover the murder?

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

5. Mrs. Peters tells Mrs. Hale that when the boy killed her kitten she would have done what “if they hadn’t held me back”?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the foreshadowing from the opening scene in the narrative. What clue does the reader gain for future events in the story? How does the author highlight foreshadowing?

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

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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