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 type of uniform is Emma wearing in Act One?

2. According to Emma, what runs in the family?

3. Who is Ella?

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

5. Who does Wesley say does not come yet in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what are Emma's charts?

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

4. Into what does Ellis want to turn the house?

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

6. Why is Emma looking for her jodhpurs?

7. Why is crime the perfect self-employment for Emma?

8. How does Wesley feel himself becoming Weston?

9. Why does Emma not want to replace the front door?

10. How does Ella plan to get the money to go to Europe?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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