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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 causes Sarah to fly into a rage when James mentions it to her?
2. Orin says, "You can't _________ us. You think learning to sign means you can communicate with us."
3. Sarah is found to not be very close to her ___________, according to James' research.
4. James finds it difficult to understand Sarah's ___________________ when they are talking.
5. When Sarah returns to the stage, who is she signing to after James has gone to see her mother, unknown to her?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does James try to do in order to offset his nervousness about being with Sarah?
2. What does James have to say to Mrs. Norman about Sarah's intelligence and her future?
3. Why does Sarah ask James to dance with her during their date? How does she know how to move?
4. What does James say to himself (and to the audience) after Sarah runs off the stage after their argument?
5. Why is James the only one who knows to answer the telephone when it begins to ring?
6. What does James accuse Sarah of when she refuses to let James translate her speech for her?
7. What does Sarah do when she realizes she needs help with the menu at the restaurant?
8. Why is Sarah upset, according to her conversation with James as they walk together?
9. What happens when Orin and Sarah begin to reminisce about their childhood?
10. What is the basis of the case the Orin and his lawyer are trying to make against the deaf school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What's interesting to many about this play is that while it might seem more reasonable to portray the deaf community as being flawless, these characters are not shown in the best of light.
Part 1: Why do you think some authors believe it easier to portray those with handicaps as being without fault?
Part 2: Do you think the deaf characters are portrayed realistically in this play? Why or why not?
Part 3: How do you think the deaf community might respond to the deaf characters in this play? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Sarah has decided not to go to the deaf school at first and not to be a part of the hearing world either, before she meets James and attends the school.
Part 1: Why do you think Sarah was uncooperative with going to a school for the deaf?
Part 2: If you became deaf, what would you do in order to cope with your new limitation? Why?
Part 3: In what ways has Sarah's stubbornness helped her in her life? Or hasn't it?
Essay Topic 3
Orin is committed to working for the rights of the deaf community, becoming an activist at the school.
Part 1: Why do you think that Orin believes he needs to take an active role in gaining rights for the deaf community?
Part 2: Do you think it's a healthy choice for him to become an activist for deaf rights? Why or why not?
Part 3: What makes Orin the best possible character to become an activist? Why?
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