Curse of the Starving Class Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Wesley cleaning up in the beginning of Act One?

2. What does Ella have in her hand when she enters in Act One?

3. Where should Emma never purchase sanitary napkins, according to Ella?

4. What type of shoes is Welsey wearing at the beginning of Act One?

5. What does Weston go to check on in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what are Emma's charts?

2. Why does Weston say Wesley should not envy his outlook?

3. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

4. What does Wesley compare Taylor buying their house to in Act Two?

5. Why does Wesley tell Weston he has to run?

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

7. Why does Weston say he goes off "for a little while"?

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

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

10. What alternate way does Ella suggest her husband can enter the house?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Sam Shepard's play, "Curse of the Starving Class", can be classified as a family tragedy play. Explain why this categorization is appropriate or not. What occurs in the play that makes it a family tragedy? Is tragedy too strong of a word? If the play should be reclassified, what is a more appropriate description? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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