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. What can eccentricity do for Dorothea?

2. What method of learning is Artie against?

3. After Dorothea talks about her marriage, what topic does she talk about?

4. Who opens the third scene?

5. What was Dorothea's childhood like?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the author chose the book "Robinson Crusoe" to mention as being connected to Artie?

2. What do all of the "educational stops " which the Westbrook women made have in common?

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

4. Why do you think Dorothea wanted Echo to be so willing to give forgiveness?

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

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

7. Why do you think that Dorothea reacts so coldly to Artie when she searches for the lock of hair?

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

9. Why do you think Dorothea's final thoughts are about Artie who she rarely saw, rather than Echo who lived with her?

10. How is Artie's choice of seat at the Spelling Bee a metaphor for her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In scene 5, the cross country drive west back to Dorothea's home is recounted. Echo was too young to remember the trip, but both Dorothea and Artie recount their memorable stops along the way. What do these stops indicate about Dorothea and Artie?

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

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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