Curse of the Starving Class Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

Emma takes her own journey in the "Curse of the Starving Class". Track Emma's journey in the play. What milestones does she reach during the play? How do Emma's thoughts and actions change as the play progresses? How do Emma's experience change her viewpoint on life? How does her opinion of her family change? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 3

In addition to the play occurring mostly in the Tate's kitchen, the refrigerator almost becomes another character in the play. Explore the role the refrigerator plays in the story. How does the refrigerator's presence influence the characters and the play's events? What does the refrigerator symbolize? How is the refrigerator involved in the events of the play that help make it "character-like"? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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