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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 is Dorothea doing when scene 4 opens?
2. What is a "vortex"?
3. What is Echo's plan for the spelling bee?
4. How was Artie able to overcome her childhood?
5. What was important about the trip back east to Dorothea?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Artie's choice of seat at the Spelling Bee a metaphor for her life?
2. What do all of the "educational stops " which the Westbrook women made have in common?
3. Why do you think Artie left her daughter with Dorothea, despite her own traumatic childhood with her mother?
4. Why does Echo agree to work towards the National Spelling Bee?
5. Why did Artie move and change her name so many times?
6. Why do you think Dorothea wanted Echo to be so willing to give forgiveness?
7. Why do you think the author chose the book "Robinson Crusoe" to mention as being connected to Artie?
8. What happens to Artie when her mother reappears in her life?
9. Why is Echo so ruthless in her defeat of the little boy?
10. Why do you think the author chose to "kill off"all the male characters in the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dorothea admits that in the last years of her life she is more concerned about her daughter, from whom he is estranged, rather than her granddaughter, whom she is raising. Why do you think this is true, and what may be the affects of this on Echo?
Essay Topic 2
Echo never really has a chance to reunite her mother and grandmother. Discuss why she believes she can, and how she plans it.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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