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. What does Emma say Ella is after?

2. How does Emma respond when Weston asks her what she thinks "of this place"?

3. What does Ellis want to turn the house into?

4. What does Weston find in Act Two?

5. Why does Weston need to sell the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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