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 color are the curtains and oilcloth in Act One?

2. What does Wesley smell in Act One?

3. Who does Wesley say does not come yet in Act One?

4. Who almost kills Emma?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Weston not surprised that Emma is in jail?

2. How does Weston feel connected to the rest of his family in Act Three?

3. What does Wesley do when he comes in after taking the lamb outside?

4. Why does Ella want to go to Europe in Act One?

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

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

7. Describe the setting of Act One.

8. According to Weston, what is the trouble with too much comfort?

9. What does Wesley do when he reenters in Act Three after cleaning up?

10. What does Emma says Ella is after with Taylor?

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

Weston's story about castrating lambs and the eagle eating the discarded testes occurs more than once in the play. Why is this story important? What does the story represent? What does the story mean to each character that tells it? Be sure to reference 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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