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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. How many words does Echo misspell when her mother drills her on the phone?
2. Who does Dorothea meet at the picnic?
3. How does Artie teach her daughter?
4. What was Dorothea's childhood like?
5. What children do Dorothea and her husband have?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Artie's choice of seat at the Spelling Bee a metaphor for her life?
2. Why does Echo agree to work towards the National Spelling Bee?
3. Why do you think that Dorothea reacts so coldly to Artie when she searches for the lock of hair?
4. Why is Echo's spelling of the word "eleemosynary" ironic?
5. What does Artie admit is her own neurosis?
6. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?
7. How does Dorothea force her value of education over motherhood on Artie?
8. Why does Artie feel that she has fulfilled her commitment to Echo?
9. How is Dorothea's educational treatment of Echo similar to how she raised Artie?
10. Why do you think Echo said Artie was just a dead person when she called in scene 4?
Essay Topic 1
Artie's father is mentioned briefly in the play. Discuss how Artie's father influenced the women in the play, despite his seemingly small role.
Essay Topic 2
Dorothea gives her daughter and granddaughter very meaningful names: Artie (Artemis) and Echo. Dorothea explains her reasoning behind Echo's naming in the play. Artie is named after Artemis, a Greco-Roman huntress who was known for her ruthlessness and solitariness. Discuss how the characters' names fit their personalities. Give examples from the text to support your thoughts.
Essay Topic 3
Dorothea stresses the importance of education. Discuss how and why Dorothea demonstrates her valuing education over motherhood, and give examples from the play.
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