Eleemosynary Test | Final 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. What are Echo and Artie arguing about in the beginning of scene 4?

2. What did Artie do right after kissing Dorothea after the spelling bee?

3. Why does Artie tear up the house in scene 5?

4. What chance of reuniting her family through the spelling bee did Echo have?

5. Which 3 things were most important about the trip back east to Artie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think that Echo put on the wings in the beginning of scene 5?

2. How do Artie and Dorothea feel about Echo's winning of the spelling bee?

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

4. Why do you think Echo said Artie was just a dead person when she called in scene 4?

5. Why do you think the author chose to "kill off"all the male characters in the play?

6. How does what Dorothea says about the lock of hair always connecting her to Artie foreshadow their relationship?

7. Why does Artie feel that she has fulfilled her commitment to Echo?

8. What evidence is there in scene 5 that Echo is intrigued by her mother and wants to get to know her?

9. Do you think Artie realizes the importance of the spelling bee to Echo?

10. Why are Artie and Echo arguing over Dorothea as scene 4 opens?

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

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 3

At some points in the play, Artie seems to have freed herself of her past and becomes a successful, functioning, happy individual. At what point is this true, and which events turn her life back around into the character she again becomes at the end of the play?

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