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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the play open?
(a) Echo explains how she was raised.
(b) Dorothea tries to make Artie fly.
(c) Echo hangs up the phone.
(d) Echo is spelling out the word eleemosynary.

2. At what point in scene 3 does the audience lose sympathy for Dorothea?
(a) When she endangers Artie by making her try to fly.
(b) When she chooses to be an eccentric.
(c) When she is not sad when her husband dies.
(d) When she marries someone she does not love.

3. What did Artie's mother want her to do when Artie was young?
(a) To spell "eleemosynary."
(b) To try to fly with homemade wings.
(c) To make a pair of wings.
(d) To study to become a doctor.

4. What is the relationship between the women in the family?
(a) Extreme animosity.
(b) Love and charity.
(c) Famial love, tainted with resentment and bitterness.
(d) Indifference.

5. What does Dorothea value over motherhood?
(a) Fun.
(b) Love.
(c) Education.
(d) Marriage.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dorothea meet her husband?

2. How old is Echo when the plays opens?

3. Who enters the first scene wearing wings?

4. After Dorothea talks about her marriage, what topic does she talk about?

5. Dorothea began teaching Echo to read at the age of ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the opening action of this play, and what does this foreshadow?

2. Why does Artie feel that she was Dorothea's guinea pig as she grew up?

3. What do you think the purpose of this scene 3 is?

4. Why do you think Dorothea has such high expectations of Artie?

5. What are the basic relationships between the Westbrook women?

6. Why does Artie feel her ability to remember everything is an inconvenience?

7. Do you think Artie will be able to function away from her mother?

8. Why is it ironic that Artie constantly drills spelling words to Echo?

9. How are the 3 main characters related to each other?

10. At what point in scene 3 do you think the audience loses sympathy for Dorothea?

(see the answer keys)

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