Curse of the Starving Class Test | 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

Each main character in "Curse of the Starving Class" sees the world around them differently. Explore each main character's (Emma, Ella, Wesley and Weston) perception of reality. How are their realities similar? How are they different? How do these conflicting realities create both conflict and resolution in the play? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

In examining the Tate family throughout the play, Emma seems more similar to Weston, her father, and Wesley seems more like Ella, his mother. Describe how Emma and Weston are similar and how Wesley and Ella are similar. Are these similarities expected? How does each relationship influence the plot of the play? Use specific examples 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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