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 bring with him in Act One?

2. What animal does Wesley bring into the kitchen?

3. What does Weston go to check on in Act One?

4. What does Weston run into in Act One?

5. What is Emma too young to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Emma doing at the beginning of Act Two?

4. What does Weston do to try and reconnect with his home and land in Act Three?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Wesley want to go to Alaska?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Tate's kitchen table serves several purposes in the play. Explore the significance of the kitchen table within the play. What purposes does the table serve? What does the table represent to each of the characters? What does the table represent overall in the play? How is the story different if the table is not present? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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