Curse of the Starving Class Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Wesley cleaning up in the beginning of Act One?

2. What does Ella have in her hand when she enters in Act One?

3. Where should Emma never purchase sanitary napkins, according to Ella?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. For what are Emma's charts?

2. Why does Weston say Wesley should not envy his outlook?

3. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

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

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

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

7. Why does Weston say he goes off "for a little while"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

All of the play's central actions take place in the Tate's kitchen. Explain the importance and relevance of the kitchen serving at the main setting for the play. What does the kitchen represent? How does this symbolization impact the play's meaning? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Violence is a common theme in the play. From violence against the family from outside forces to violence within the family unit, many of the play's central events deal with violence. Explore the theme of violence in the play. How does the violence come about? Why is the violence relevant to the rest of the play? How does violence shape each of the characters? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the meaning of the title, "Curse of the Starving Class". How is the title relevant to the story's plot? What predictions can the reader make previous to reading the play based on the title? What deeper meaning does the title assume? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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