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. Who tells Weston Ella is with a lawyer?

2. Where is Weston going to go with the money?

3. What does Weston threaten to crash into Taylor?

4. What is Ella carrying, when she enters in Act Two?

5. What does Wesley say is wrong with Emma in Act Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Several of the play's characters seek revenge or have revenge sought upon them for various actions. Explore the theme of revenge in the play. What characters are seeking revenge and for what? What characters are the object of that revenge and why? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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