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. In the first Act, what does Ella tell Taylor Emma has?

2. What directions are on Emma's cards?

3. What does Ella cook on the stove?

4. What ailment does the animal that Wesley brings into the kitchen have?

5. What time does Ella say she falls asleep in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ella's appearance when she enters in Act One.

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

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

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

5. Why does Wesley want to go to Alaska?

6. How does Wesley feel himself becoming Weston?

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

8. Why does Wesley butcher the lamb?

9. How does Weston recognize the "poison" on his outlook?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Of all the character transformations in the play, Weston, the patriarch of the story, goes one of the more significant transformations. Describe Weston at the beginning and the end of the play. How does he change? Are Weston's changes for better or worse? How do Weston's changes impact the rest of the characters? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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