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 Weston threaten to crash into Taylor?

2. Who is the one mechanic in town in Emma's story?

3. What is Taylor's job?

4. Why does Emma get arrested?

5. In Act Two, where does Wesley want to go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The real estate developer/lawyer Taylor is one of the play's minor characters, but he has a major influence on the play's main characters. Describe the influence Taylor has on each main character (Weston, Ella, Emma and Weston). Why is Taylor important to the play's plot? What, if anything, does Taylor symbolize? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Of all the character transformations in the play, Weston, the patriarch of the story, goes one of the more significant transformations. Describe Weston at the beginning and the end of the play. How does he change? Are Weston's changes for better or worse? How do Weston's changes impact the rest of the characters? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Research Sam Shepard's biography and life experiences. How does Shepard use his own life experiences and background in the play? What events, if any, does Shepard pull directly from his own life? Are Shepard's statements in the play aimed at anything in his personal life? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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