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. Why does Artie give Dorothea a kiss after the spelling bee?

2. How does Echo's family feel about her winning the spelling bee?

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

4. How many times did Artie run away?

5. Why did Dorothea choose the name she did for her granddaughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. After all her time away from Dorothea, why do you think Artie finally called her?

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

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

4. Why is Echo unable to see what she is doing to the little boy in the Spelling Bee?

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

6. Why do you think that Dorothea reacts so coldly to Artie when she searches for the lock of hair?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Echo's treatment of the little boy at the spelling bee. Why does Echo act so cruelly, which is seemingly out of character for her?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Foreshadowing is used throughout Eleemosynary. Discuss examples of it and how it increases understanding of the play.

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