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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 does Artie accomplish on her own?
2. What is Echo's frame of mind as she spells her words?
3. What does Echo do as Artie leaves the auditorium after the spelling bee?
4. What does Dorothea do with the lock of hair?
5. What are Echo and Artie arguing about in the beginning of scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think that Dorothea reacts so coldly to Artie when she searches for the lock of hair?
2. Why does Echo agree to work towards the National Spelling Bee?
3. How does what Dorothea says about the lock of hair always connecting her to Artie foreshadow their relationship?
4. Why did Artie move and change her name so many times?
5. Why do you think the author chose to "kill off"all the male characters in the play?
6. What do all of the "educational stops " which the Westbrook women made have in common?
7. Why does Artie feel that she has fulfilled her commitment to Echo?
8. Why is Echo so ruthless in her defeat of the little boy?
9. Why do you think Echo said Artie was just a dead person when she called in scene 4?
10. Why do you think Artie left her daughter with Dorothea, despite her own traumatic childhood with her mother?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
The homemade wings reappear throughout the play and have importance and meaning for the characters. Discuss the wings from each of the character's perspective.
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