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 leads to dying, according to Emma?

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

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

4. What does Weston run into in Act One?

5. How does Emma describe Taylor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Wesley, how does one poison a coyote?

3. For what are Emma's charts?

4. Why does Wesley butcher the lamb?

5. Where is Ella when she comes back to the house in Act Three?

6. What idea does Weston bring up in Act Three?

7. Why does Wesley want to go to Alaska?

8. Where does Emma says she is going to go when she plans to leave the house in Act One?

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

10. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

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

Sam Shepard published "Curse of the Starving Class" in the late 1970s. Explore how the play sustains its relevance in today's society. What universal problems does the Tate family encounter that today's families also cope with? What other instances retain their relevance in today's society? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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