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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's relationship with her son-in-law?
2. How did the family end up back in Dorothea's house back east?
3. What is Artie's response to Dorothea being back in her life?
4. What was important about the trip back east to Dorothea?
5. What kind of winner was Echo?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Echo unable to see what she is doing to the little boy in the Spelling Bee?
2. What happens to Artie when her mother reappears in her life?
3. Why do you think the author chose the book "Robinson Crusoe" to mention as being connected to Artie?
4. Do you think Artie realizes the importance of the spelling bee to Echo?
5. How do Artie and Dorothea feel about Echo's winning of the spelling bee?
6. Why does Artie suggest to Echo to practice for the National Spelling Bee?
7. What do all of the "educational stops " which the Westbrook women made have in common?
8. How is Artie's choice of seat at the Spelling Bee a metaphor for her life?
9. Why does Dorothea cut a lock of Artie's hair?
10. Why does Echo agree to work towards the National Spelling Bee?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Character names are very important in this play and have a kind of "self-fulfilling prophesy". Discuss how this is especially true for Artie. Give examples from the text to support your thoughts.
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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