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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. Sarah's mother does challenge _____________ to help Sarah find an alternative job, however.
2. Is Orin successful in his attempts to make the sound that is difficult for him?
3. Who is the last student of the day when James is getting ready to head out with Sarah?
4. What does James try to do in order to break the tension between him and the new student?
5. James: "In the beginning, there was __________ and out of that silence there could come only one thing: Speech."
Short Essay Questions
1. What does James have to say about Mrs. Norman's accusations of him and his teaching goals?
2. What does Mr. Franklin want James to do with Sarah Norman once they are introduced?
3. Why is Orin taunting Sarah from the other side of the stage?
4. What does James have to say to Mrs. Norman about Sarah's intelligence and her future?
5. Describe the relationship Sarah shares with her mother as described in the following scene?
6. What doesn't Sarah understand when she and James are signing and speaking to each other?
7. What happens when Orin and Sarah begin to reminisce about their childhood?
8. Why is Sarah upset, according to her conversation with James as they walk together?
9. What does Sarah say when James asks her if she enjoys being a maid at the school?
10. Why does James want to protect becoming the speech therapy teacher for Sarah?
Essay Topic 1
Orin is a character who is strong in his desire to learn and to make changes in his world.
Part 1: Why do you think Orin is so passionate about learning to speak?
Part 2: Why do you think that Orin is committed to being an active part of fighting for deaf rights?
Part 3: Do you admire Orin as a person/character of this play? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Though the deaf and the hearing worlds are divided in this play, they also have moments where they overlap.
Part 1: Do you think it's realistic that Sarah and James would go on a date together?
Part 2: Do you think that a deaf person and a hearing person could live together? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why do you think there is still a struggle for separateness in this play?
Essay Topic 3
There are a number of moments in which the many languages are barriers to communication.
Part 1: Why do you think communication is so important in this world?
Part 2: Can the world survive without the ability to communicate? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why do you think the play begins with Sarah and James not being able to communicate?
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