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 Wesley say is lost?

2. What does Weston think scares Wesley?

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

4. What does Emma say Taylor is doing with Ella in Act Two?

5. What does Weston find in Act Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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