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. What animal does Wesley say he hears in Act One?

2. What color are the curtains and oilcloth in Act One?

3. What directions are on Emma's cards?

4. What doubles its value in ten years?

5. What is in the paper bag Wesley's father is carrying?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Weston not let Emma do his laundry?

2. To whom does Weston plan to sell the house?

3. Why does Weston not care about getting his money for selling the house?

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

5. Why do Ella and Emma argue about belonging to the "starving class" in Act One?

6. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

7. How does Weston feel connected to the rest of his family in Act Three?

8. What is Wesley doing at the beginning of Act Two?

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

10. How does Weston recognize the "poison" on his outlook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, Wesley begins to assume his father's personality and role by changing into his clothes and taking on his father's earlier attitude. Describe Wesley's transformation throughout the play, starting at the beginning when he is worried about the family and his father's reactions to the end where he takes on more of his father's personality than his own. Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

The Tate's kitchen table serves several purposes in the play. Explore the significance of the kitchen table within the play. What purposes does the table serve? What does the table represent to each of the characters? What does the table represent overall in the play? How is the story different if the table is not present? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 3

The real estate developer/lawyer Taylor is one of the play's minor characters, but he has a major influence on the play's main characters. Describe the influence Taylor has on each main character (Weston, Ella, Emma and Weston). Why is Taylor important to the play's plot? What, if anything, does Taylor symbolize? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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