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. Where does Wesley tell Weston his mother goes in Act One?

2. What type of shoes is Welsey wearing at the beginning of Act One?

3. What does Weston run into in Act One?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Wesley tell Weston he has to run?

3. What is Wesley doing as Act One opens?

4. Why does Emma not want to replace the front door?

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

6. Why does Weston not let Emma do his laundry?

7. What does Weston do to try and reconnect with his home and land in Act Three?

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

9. What does Wesley tell Ella as she is cooking in Act One?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sam Shepard's play, "Curse of the Starving Class" emphasizes the family dynamics of the main characters. Describe the family dynamics between Weston, Ella, Emma and Wesley. How does each relate to the others? What problems does the family experience? What joys and accomplishments do the family acknowledge and celebrate? How does an outside person describe the family? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Knowing that "Curse of the Starving Class" is one of Sam Shepard's family tragedy plays, explore the statement the playwright is making about family in the play. What does Shepard want the audience and reader to understand and learn about family? How does Shepard use the Tate family's dynamics to make a larger statement on family relationships and dynamics in general? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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