Curse of the Starving Class Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Weston, having Wesley around is like having what around?

2. What does Wesley tell Emma to do in Act Two?

3. Where does Wesley suggest he and Weston work?

4. What does Emma think Ella is doing with Taylor?

5. Who does Weston watch when he is younger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The real estate developer/lawyer Taylor is one of the play's minor characters, but he has a major influence on the play's main characters. Describe the influence Taylor has on each main character (Weston, Ella, Emma and Weston). Why is Taylor important to the play's plot? What, if anything, does Taylor symbolize? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Violence is a common theme in the play. From violence against the family from outside forces to violence within the family unit, many of the play's central events deal with violence. Explore the theme of violence in the play. How does the violence come about? Why is the violence relevant to the rest of the play? How does violence shape each of the characters? 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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