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. Why does Weston need to sell the house?

2. What does Weston threaten to crash into Taylor?

3. Who is the one mechanic in town in Emma's story?

4. Who does Weston watch when he is younger?

5. Who volunteers to do Weston's laundry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, Wesley begins to assume his father's personality and role by changing into his clothes and taking on his father's earlier attitude. Describe Wesley's transformation throughout the play, starting at the beginning when he is worried about the family and his father's reactions to the end where he takes on more of his father's personality than his own. Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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