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 is Ellis' motto?

2. What type of invasion does Wesley compare the situation to?

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

4. What does Weston say he does to Ella when he finds out she is trying to sell the house?

5. Who is the owner of the Alibi Club?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The lamb Wesley and Weston bring into the house to rid of maggots also plays a significant role in the play. What does the lamb represent? Does the lamb take on different meanings for different characters? Why is the lamb important to the story? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Emma takes her own journey in the "Curse of the Starving Class". Track Emma's journey in the play. What milestones does she reach during the play? How do Emma's thoughts and actions change as the play progresses? How do Emma's experience change her viewpoint on life? How does her opinion of her family change? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

Essay Topic 3

All of the play's central actions take place in the Tate's kitchen. Explain the importance and relevance of the kitchen serving at the main setting for the play. What does the kitchen represent? How does this symbolization impact the play's meaning? Use specific examples from the play in the response.

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