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 do after graduating from high school?

2. How do Echo and Dorothea communicate?

3. Where in scene 3 does the audience feel sympathy for Dorothea?

4. How old is Artie when she has her first tutor?

5. How does the play open?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the primary complication between the Westbrook women in this play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothea and Artie have negative feelings about Echo winning the spelling bee because of Echo's poor treatment of her opponent. How do you think things might have been different if Echo had actually lost the spelling bee? How do you think Artie and Dorothea would have reacted then?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the play is a background theme throughout the play. Discuss why this title is appropriate for the play. Give examples of how it is used throughout the play.

Essay Topic 3

Echo never really has a chance to reunite her mother and grandmother. Discuss why she believes she can, and how she plans it.

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