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. Dorothea began teaching Echo to read at the age of ______________.

2. Who is Artie named after?

3. What does Dorothea do after graduating from high school?

4. What is Dorothea's reaction to Artie's pregnancy?

5. What do the wings represent to Artie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Artie's burning of Dorothea's possessions foreshadowed earlier in the play?

3. Why is Echo so ruthless in her defeat of the little boy?

4. How does Artie respond to Echo's question of whether or not she loves her?

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

6. After all her time away from Dorothea, why do you think Artie finally called her?

7. Why does Artie feel that she has fulfilled her commitment to Echo?

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

9. Who is Artie named after and how does this name match her personality?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The homemade wings reappear throughout the play and have importance and meaning for the characters. Discuss the wings from each of the character's perspective.

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