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. In scene 2, with what does Artie say she has trouble doing?

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

3. The play's title is most relevant to which character?

4. What is the relationship between the women in the family?

5. Who opens scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

9. Who is the controller in the play? Who is being controlled?

10. What are the basic relationships between the Westbrook women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Artie said she could remember everything and was against total recall as a form of learning. Despite this, she drilled Echo repeatedly on spelling words. Why do you think she chose to teach Echo in this way? What other factors may have played into her decision?

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