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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Weston think scares Wesley?
2. What does Emma think Ella is doing with Taylor?
3. How does Ella describe the way things feel in Act Two?
4. Where does Wesley suggest he and Weston work?
5. What does Weston threaten to crash into Taylor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Weston's story about castrating lambs and the eagle eating the discarded testes occurs more than once in the play. Why is this story important? What does the story represent? What does the story mean to each character that tells it? Be sure to reference specific examples from the text in the response.
Essay Topic 3
Sam Shepard's play, "Curse of the Starving Class", can be classified as a family tragedy play. Explain why this categorization is appropriate or not. What occurs in the play that makes it a family tragedy? Is tragedy too strong of a word? If the play should be reclassified, what is a more appropriate description? Use specific examples from the text in the response.
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