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 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
Sam Shepard's play, "Curse of the Starving Class" emphasizes the family dynamics of the main characters. Describe the family dynamics between Weston, Ella, Emma and Wesley. How does each relate to the others? What problems does the family experience? What joys and accomplishments do the family acknowledge and celebrate? How does an outside person describe the family? Use specific examples from the text in the response.
Essay Topic 3
At the end of the play, Wesley begins to assume his father's personality and role by changing into his clothes and taking on his father's earlier attitude. Describe Wesley's transformation throughout the play, starting at the beginning when he is worried about the family and his father's reactions to the end where he takes on more of his father's personality than his own. Use specific examples from the play in the response.
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