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 time does Ella say she falls asleep in Act One?

2. What does Weston get scammed on?

3. What is missing from the refrigerator?

4. What leads to dying, according to Emma?

5. What animal does Wesley say he hears in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

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

6. What is Wesley doing as Act One opens?

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

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

9. Why does Ella call the cops in Act One?

10. What is Emma doing at the beginning of 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

In addition to the play occurring mostly in the Tate's kitchen, the refrigerator almost becomes another character in the play. Explore the role the refrigerator plays in the story. How does the refrigerator's presence influence the characters and the play's events? What does the refrigerator symbolize? How is the refrigerator involved in the events of the play that help make it "character-like"? Use specific examples from the text 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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