Trifles is a one-act play. For the final exam, you will write act two (and acts three, four, five, and more, if you want).

As act one of the play ends, Mr. and Mrs. Peters (the sheriff and his wife) and Mr. and Mrs. Hale (the Wright’s neighbors) are leaving the Wright’s house. Mr. Henderson, the country prosecutor, has stayed behind at the Wright’s house because he’s “”not satisfied,”” and he wants to go over everything again.

Think: start your act two exactly where act one ends and answer the question: what happens next? You decide.

  1.  What was your first reaction to the poem?  Did you find it difficult to read?  Or did you find it easy?  Did you understand it all at once?  Or did you have to read it a number of times to get the meaning?  Did you find the paraphrase helpful or unnecessary?
  2.  What stood out to you when you were reading?  Were you drawn to any parts in particular?  If so, which parts and why did they stand out?
  3.  Was this a poem you can relate to?  If so, how?
  4.  Did you enjoy reading and hearing the poem recited aloud?  If so, why?  If not, why not?
  5.  Do you have any other comments you would like to share with the group?” 3