Eleemosynary Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 do Echo and Dorothea communicate?

2. What great skill does Echo have?

3. How many generations of women does this play cover?

4. What children do Dorothea and her husband have?

5. In scene 3, which character does the audience meet more fully?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who ignited Echo's original love of words?

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

6. How does Dorothea force her value of education over motherhood on Artie?

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

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

9. Why do you think Artie runs away instead of letting her mother send her to college?

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

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

Discuss Dorothea's reaction to Artie searching for her lock of hair. Why is this so important to Dorothea, and is Dorothea reasonable in her reaction to Artie's search?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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