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 animal does Wesley say he hears in Act One?

2. Who does Ella call the previous night?

3. What does Weston go to check on in Act One?

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

5. What does Weston stack on the table?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Emma looking for a chicken?

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

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

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.

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