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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ellis want to turn the house into?
2. Who does Weston watch when he is younger?
3. What does Wesley tell Emma to do in Act Two?
4. What does Emma say Ella is after?
5. What does Wesley tell Weston to do in Act Two?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In addition to the play occurring mostly in the Tate's kitchen, the refrigerator almost becomes another character in the play. Explore the role the refrigerator plays in the story. How does the refrigerator's presence influence the characters and the play's events? What does the refrigerator symbolize? How is the refrigerator involved in the events of the play that help make it "character-like"? Use specific examples from the text in the response.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the meaning of the title, "Curse of the Starving Class". How is the title relevant to the story's plot? What predictions can the reader make previous to reading the play based on the title? What deeper meaning does the title assume? 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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