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 is Emma too young to do?

2. What is missing from the refrigerator?

3. What leads to dying, according to Emma?

4. What alternate way to enter the house does Ella mention in Act One?

5. What animal does Wesley say he hears in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Emma looking for her jodhpurs?

2. What is Emma's argument for swimming in Act One?

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

4. Why is Weston not surprised that Emma is in jail?

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

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

7. What does Emma says Ella is after with Taylor?

8. How does Ella describe what it feels like when she learns Weston sells the house already?

9. Why is Wesley not pleased that Ella calls the cops?

10. What is Weston doing at the beginning of Act Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The lamb Wesley and Weston bring into the house to rid of maggots also plays a significant role in the play. What does the lamb represent? Does the lamb take on different meanings for different characters? Why is the lamb important to the story? Use specific examples from the play 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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