Curse of the Starving Class Test | Mid-Book 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. Where is Emma going to go?

2. What does Weston stack on the table?

3. Who breaks the front door?

4. Who does Wesley say does not come yet in Act One?

5. What does Ella cook on the stove?

Short Essay Questions

1. Into what does Ellis want to turn the house?

2. What is Emma doing at the beginning of Act Two?

3. Why does Ella tell Wesley he should not be cleaning up the debris?

4. What is Weston doing at the beginning of Act Three?

5. What story does Weston tell the lamb in the kitchen?

6. Why does Ella call Weston "Mr. Hyde"?

7. Why is Wesley not pleased that Ella calls the cops?

8. Why does Ella say Emma cannot leave the house?

9. Why does Emma not want to replace the front door?

10. Why does Ella tell Weston he should be a preacher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Curse of the Starving Class", each main character is on a quest or searching for something. Choose one of the main characters (Weston, Ella, Emma or Wesley), and describe what that character is searching for. What steps does the character take to find what they are looking for? Is the character successful or not in fulfilling their quest or search? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Weston's story about castrating lambs and the eagle eating the discarded testes occurs more than once in the play. Why is this story important? What does the story represent? What does the story mean to each character that tells it? Be sure to reference specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Emma takes her own journey in the "Curse of the Starving Class". Track Emma's journey in the play. What milestones does she reach during the play? How do Emma's thoughts and actions change as the play progresses? How do Emma's experience change her viewpoint on life? How does her opinion of her family change? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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