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 is Emma too young to do?

2. What is Wesley cleaning up in the beginning of Act One?

3. What are Emma's cards for?

4. What alternate way to enter the house does Ella mention in Act One?

5. Where is Emma going to go?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Emma looking for a chicken?

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

6. Where does Emma think Taylor and Ella went in Act Two?

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

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

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

10. What news does Ella have about the house when she returns from meeting with Taylor in Act Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The lamb Wesley and Weston bring into the house to rid of maggots also plays a significant role in the play. What does the lamb represent? Does the lamb take on different meanings for different characters? Why is the lamb important to the story? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Research Sam Shepard's biography and life experiences. How does Shepard use his own life experiences and background in the play? What events, if any, does Shepard pull directly from his own life? Are Shepard's statements in the play aimed at anything in his personal life? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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