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. In scene 4, what does Dorothea say to Artie when Artie calls to tell her where she has been?

2. Why does Dorothea cut off a lock of Artie's hair?

3. What is the difference between the little boy losing and Echo losing, from Echo's perspective?

4. After Artie accidentally sees Echo in scene 5, what does she suggest to Echo?

5. How long after Artie's phone call before Dorothea shows up on Artie's doorstep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Artie move and change her name so many times?

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

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

4. What do all of the "educational stops " which the Westbrook women made have in common?

5. Why do you think Artie left her daughter with Dorothea, despite her own traumatic childhood with her mother?

6. Why does Artie suggest to Echo to practice for the National Spelling Bee?

7. Why is Echo so ruthless in her defeat of the little boy?

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

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

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

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

In scene 3, the character of Dorothea is explored. What are your feelings about Dorothea? Do you feel sympathy for her or do you think her techniques of raising children are inexcusable? Explore your thoughts on this complex character.

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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