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 class does the family not belong to, according to Emma?

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

3. Who does Ella call the previous night?

4. What does Weston get scammed on?

5. Who almost kills Emma?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Ella plan to get the money to go to Europe?

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

6. What does Ella warn herself and Emma about in Act One concerning menstruation?

7. Why does Wesley think it is okay that Emma wants to leave home?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

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.

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