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 car do Taylor and Ella have?

2. How much money does Weston lose on the desert property?

3. What does Ella not have, according to Weston in Act Two?

4. What language does the mechanic speak?

5. Where does Wesley suggest he and Weston work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Curse of the Starving Class", each main character is on a quest or searching for something. Choose one of the main characters (Weston, Ella, Emma or Wesley), and describe what that character is searching for. What steps does the character take to find what they are looking for? Is the character successful or not in fulfilling their quest or search? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Knowing that "Curse of the Starving Class" is one of Sam Shepard's family tragedy plays, explore the statement the playwright is making about family in the play. What does Shepard want the audience and reader to understand and learn about family? How does Shepard use the Tate family's dynamics to make a larger statement on family relationships and dynamics in general? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

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