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. In scene 2 when the scene fades to black, where is the audience's attention redirected to?

2. Who opens the third scene?

3. Who says that a smart girl will never be married?

4. Echo is obsessed with __________________.

5. At what point in scene 3 does the audience lose sympathy for Dorothea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the controller in the play? Who is being controlled?

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

5. Why does Dorothea decide to take on a life of eccentricity?

6. What does Artie admit is her own neurosis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss Echo's treatment of the little boy at the spelling bee. Why does Echo act so cruelly, which is seemingly out of character for her?

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