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 is the straight-A student?

2. What language does the mechanic speak?

3. What does Wesley say Taylor is after?

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

5. What does Emma say Ella is after?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Violence is a common theme in the play. From violence against the family from outside forces to violence within the family unit, many of the play's central events deal with violence. Explore the theme of violence in the play. How does the violence come about? Why is the violence relevant to the rest of the play? How does violence shape each of the characters? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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