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. For Dorothea, eccentricity means _____________________her child.

2. Why were Artie and Echo's conversations limited?

3. In scene 2 when the scene fades to black, where is the audience's attention redirected to?

4. What happens to Dorothea's husband?

5. Artie has an inability to do what, regarding Echo?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think the purpose of this scene 3 is?

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

3. Why do you think Dorothea felt little or no grief when her husband died?

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

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

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

7. What skill does Echo have, and how does this skill become a form of communication between Echo and her mother?

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

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

10. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Dorothea is in a coma, Artie and Echo fight about whether or not there is any value in interacting with Dorothea. Artie believes that Dorothea is nothing more than a vegetable. Echo believes she is still a person with feelings. Why do you think the characters are acting as they are? Use examples from the play to explain their actions.

Essay Topic 3

Artie was set up for failure repeatedly by Dorothea's unreasonable expectations. Explore these scenes and write about how these early events later influenced Artie's life choices. Give evidence from the play to support your thoughts.

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