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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. After the picnic, what does Dorothea decide she should become?
(a) An eccentric.
(b) A teacher.
(c) A nurse.
(d) A psychic.

2. How is Dorothea's health as the play opens?
(a) Dorothea has had a stroke and is mute.
(b) Dorothea has a concussion from falling.
(c) Dorothea has a broken arm.
(d) Dorothea is in excellent health.

3. What does Dorothea do to help Artie learn?
(a) She hires tutors.
(b) She walks her to school each morning.
(c) She calls words out for her to spell from the dictionary.
(d) She gives her a math test everyday.

4. What great skill does Echo have?
(a) Echo can fly with homemade wings.
(b) Echo is able to spell very well.
(c) Echo can run very fast.
(d) Echo is a great cook.

5. Who enters the first scene wearing wings?
(a) Artie.
(b) No one.
(c) Dorothea.
(d) Echo.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dorothea changed her granddaughter's name, Echo was ___________.

2. How does Artie communicate with her mother when her mother is mute?

3. How old is Echo when the plays opens?

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

5. In scene 3, when does the audience feel happy for Dorothea?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who ignited Echo's original love of words?

3. Artie begins and ends scene two. What do we learn about the character?

4. What do you think the author's purpose was in having Echo spelling heard between Dorothea's recollections?

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

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

7. What is the primary complication between the Westbrook women in this play?

8. Why do you think Artie is unable to communicate effectively with her daughter?

9. Why do you think Dorothea felt little or no grief when her husband died?

10. What does Artie admit is her own neurosis?

(see the answer keys)

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