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. According to Weston, what is the only thing the refrigerator is good for?

2. What leads to dying, according to Emma?

3. In the first Act, what does Ella tell Taylor Emma has?

4. What does Weston run into in Act One?

5. Who almost kills Emma?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Ella when she comes back to the house in Act Three?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

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

8. What is Wesley doing as Act One opens?

9. Why does Weston not care about getting his money for selling the house?

10. Why does Wesley butcher the lamb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each main character in "Curse of the Starving Class" sees the world around them differently. Explore each main character's (Emma, Ella, Wesley and Weston) perception of reality. How are their realities similar? How are they different? How do these conflicting realities create both conflict and resolution in the play? 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

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.

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