Eleemosynary Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lee Blessing
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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. Scene 2 begins and ends with which character?

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

3. How does Dorothea find Artie at the end of scene 2?

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

5. What did Echo and her mother talk about on the phone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who is Artie named after and how does this name match her personality?

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

9. How is Dorothea's educational treatment of Echo similar to how she raised Artie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothea gives a lengthy discussion about Echo's name and why she named her this. Echo's name is connected to her grandmother's expectations of her and Echo's later decisions in life. Discuss how Echo's name influenced her.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Dorothea admits that in the last years of her life she is more concerned about her daughter, from whom he is estranged, rather than her granddaughter, whom she is raising. Why do you think this is true, and what may be the affects of this on Echo?

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