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

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

All of the play's central actions take place in the Tate's kitchen. Explain the importance and relevance of the kitchen serving at the main setting for the play. What does the kitchen represent? How does this symbolization impact the play's meaning? Use specific examples from the play 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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