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 does Weston go to check on in Act One?

2. What does Ella say you should never do if you are bleeding?

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

4. What type of uniform is Emma wearing in Act One?

5. What does Weston bring with him in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what are Emma's charts?

3. How does Weston react when Wesley tells him Ella is trying to sell the house?

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

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

6. How does Emma fit into her picture of Taylor and Ella in Mexico?

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

8. Why is Wesley not pleased that Ella calls the cops?

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

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

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

The real estate developer/lawyer Taylor is one of the play's minor characters, but he has a major influence on the play's main characters. Describe the influence Taylor has on each main character (Weston, Ella, Emma and Weston). Why is Taylor important to the play's plot? What, if anything, does Taylor symbolize? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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