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. In scene 3, when does the audience feel happy for Dorothea?

2. Where does Artie find employment at the end of scene 2?

3. What does Dorothea do to help Artie learn?

4. What trait does Artie say she has that makes her life so hard?

5. How is Dorothea's health as the play opens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

5. How does Dorothea's choice to become an eccentric take away Artie's freedom?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At some points in the play, Artie seems to have freed herself of her past and becomes a successful, functioning, happy individual. At what point is this true, and which events turn her life back around into the character she again becomes at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Dorothea admits that in the last years of her life she is more concerned about her daughter, from whom he is estranged, rather than her granddaughter, whom she is raising. Why do you think this is true, and what may be the affects of this on Echo?

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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