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. Who first taught Echo to love words?

2. Where in scene 3 does the audience feel sympathy for Dorothea?

3. How many times was Artie pregnant?

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

5. What children do Dorothea and her husband have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think Artie is not worried about her own issues?

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

5. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dorothea stresses the importance of education. Discuss how and why Dorothea demonstrates her valuing education over motherhood, and give examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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