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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. Who is Ella?
2. What alternate way to enter the house does Ella mention in Act One?
3. What color are the curtains and oilcloth in Act One?
4. Where is Ella going with Taylor in Act One?
5. How much property does Weston own?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ella call Weston "Mr. Hyde"?
2. What is Emma's argument for swimming in Act One?
3. Why is Emma looking for a chicken?
4. What alternate way does Ella suggest her husband can enter the house?
5. Why does Weston say Wesley should not envy his outlook?
6. How does Wesley feel himself becoming Weston?
7. Why does Ella call the cops in Act One?
8. Why does Weston think Wesley and Emma are spoiled?
9. What news does Ella have about the house when she returns from meeting with Taylor in Act Two?
10. What does Ella warn herself and Emma about in Act One concerning menstruation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Knowing that "Curse of the Starving Class" is one of Sam Shepard's family tragedy plays, explore the statement the playwright is making about family in the play. What does Shepard want the audience and reader to understand and learn about family? How does Shepard use the Tate family's dynamics to make a larger statement on family relationships and dynamics in general? Use specific examples from the text in the response.
Essay Topic 2
Of all the character transformations in the play, Weston, the patriarch of the story, goes one of the more significant transformations. Describe Weston at the beginning and the end of the play. How does he change? Are Weston's changes for better or worse? How do Weston's changes impact the rest of the characters? Use specific examples from the play in the response.
Essay Topic 3
All of the play's central actions take place in the Tate's kitchen. Explain the importance and relevance of the kitchen serving at the main setting for the play. What does the kitchen represent? How does this symbolization impact the play's meaning? Use specific examples from the play in the response.
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