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 is Ellis' motto?

2. How does Wesley describe Taylor?

3. What does Ella start throwing on the floor in Act Two?

4. What does Emma say Ella is after?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Weston's story about castrating lambs and the eagle eating the discarded testes occurs more than once in the play. Why is this story important? What does the story represent? What does the story mean to each character that tells it? Be sure to reference specific examples from the text in the response.

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