Eleemosynary Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who opens scene 2?

2. What does Dorothea value over motherhood?

3. How did Artie's father feel about her having tutors?

4. The play's title is most relevant to which character?

5. What does Dorothea's husband promise her, but then does not fulfill?

Short Essay Questions

1. In scene 1, Dorothea has had a stroke and is rendered mute. Why do you think Echo insists she can hear Dorothea?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

9. How does Dorothea force her value of education over motherhood on Artie?

10. What does Artie admit is her own neurosis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The homemade wings reappear throughout the play and have importance and meaning for the characters. Discuss the wings from each of the character's perspective.

Essay Topic 2

In scene 3, the character of Dorothea is explored. What are your feelings about Dorothea? Do you feel sympathy for her or do you think her techniques of raising children are inexcusable? Explore your thoughts on this complex character.

Essay Topic 3

In scene 5, the cross country drive west back to Dorothea's home is recounted. Echo was too young to remember the trip, but both Dorothea and Artie recount their memorable stops along the way. What do these stops indicate about Dorothea and Artie?

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