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. What does Dorothea convince Artie to do about her pregnancy?

2. What did Artie's mother want her to do when Artie was young?

3. How does Dorothea feel about her husband?

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

5. Who opens the third scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do you think Artie is not worried about her own issues?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Character names are very important in this play and have a kind of "self-fulfilling prophesy". Discuss how this is especially true for Artie. Give examples from the text to support your thoughts.

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

Discuss how motherhood is handled by both Dorothea and Artie. Do you think Echo will be different in her role as a mother?

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