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 Ella say you should never do if you are bleeding?

2. The house is infested with _______.

3. According to Taylor, where do people in India live?

4. Where does Wesley tell Weston his mother goes in Act One?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Wesley butcher the lamb?

3. What does Ella warn herself and Emma about in Act One concerning menstruation?

4. What news does Ella have about the house when she returns from meeting with Taylor in Act Two?

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

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

7. Why does Wesley think it is okay that Emma wants to leave home?

8. What story does Weston tell the lamb in the kitchen?

9. Describe Ella's appearance when she enters in Act One.

10. How does Weston describe how his father lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Knowing that "Curse of the Starving Class" is one of Sam Shepard's family tragedy plays, explore the statement the playwright is making about family in the play. What does Shepard want the audience and reader to understand and learn about family? How does Shepard use the Tate family's dynamics to make a larger statement on family relationships and dynamics in general? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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