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. How many sets of animal twins does the family have?

2. According to Emma, what runs in the family?

3. Who is the enemy in Wesley's speech in Act One?

4. Who does Wesley say has to co-sign the document?

5. What class does the family not belong to, according to Emma?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

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

4. How does Emma fit into her picture of Taylor and Ella in Mexico?

5. Why is crime the perfect self-employment for Emma?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Wesley say Taylor is after in Act Two?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several of the play's characters seek revenge or have revenge sought upon them for various actions. Explore the theme of revenge in the play. What characters are seeking revenge and for what? What characters are the object of that revenge and why? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Sam Shepard's play, "Curse of the Starving Class" emphasizes the family dynamics of the main characters. Describe the family dynamics between Weston, Ella, Emma and Wesley. How does each relate to the others? What problems does the family experience? What joys and accomplishments do the family acknowledge and celebrate? How does an outside person describe the family? Use 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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