Eleemosynary Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Artie considered going to the spelling bee as her ___________.

2. Instead of coming to see Echo, what does Artie do?

3. Why aren't Artie and Dorothea happy about Echo winning?

4. How many times did Echo read Robinson Crusoe?

5. What does Artie accomplish on her own?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think the author chose the book "Robinson Crusoe" to mention as being connected to Artie?

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

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. Do you think Artie realizes the importance of the spelling bee 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. What happens to Artie when her mother reappears in her life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothea and Artie have negative feelings about Echo winning the spelling bee because of Echo's poor treatment of her opponent. How do you think things might have been different if Echo had actually lost the spelling bee? How do you think Artie and Dorothea would have reacted then?

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

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?

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