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. How did the wings look?

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

3. For Dorothea, eccentricity means _____________________her child.

4. Who is Artie named after?

5. What does Artie remember from her own childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Artie ever rebel from Dorothea?

2. Why does Artie feel that she was Dorothea's guinea pig as she grew up?

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

4. In scene 1, Dorothea has had a stroke and is rendered mute. Why do you think Echo insists she can hear Dorothea?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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

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