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's father sleep previously?

2. What does Weston put into the refrigerator in Act One?

3. What does Weston run into in Act One?

4. What is Emma too young to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Wesley say happens to his face in Act Three?

4. Why does Weston think Wesley and Emma are spoiled?

5. What is Wesley doing as Act One opens?

6. According to Weston, what is the trouble with too much comfort?

7. Why is Emma looking for a chicken?

8. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

9. Why is Weston not surprised that Emma is in jail?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the play's characters seek revenge or have revenge sought upon them for various actions. Explore the theme of revenge in the play. What characters are seeking revenge and for what? What characters are the object of that revenge and why? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sam Shepard published "Curse of the Starving Class" in the late 1970s. Explore how the play sustains its relevance in today's society. What universal problems does the Tate family encounter that today's families also cope with? What other instances retain their relevance in today's society? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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