Curse of the Starving Class Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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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. What does Emma say Ella is after?

2. What does Wesley say Taylor is after?

3. How does Weston describe the way Wesley talks?

4. What is Emma doing at the beginning of Act Two?

5. Who is the owner of the Alibi Club?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In "Curse of the Starving Class", each main character is on a quest or searching for something. Choose one of the main characters (Weston, Ella, Emma or Wesley), and describe what that character is searching for. What steps does the character take to find what they are looking for? Is the character successful or not in fulfilling their quest or search? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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