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. What is a "vortex"?

2. How old was Artie when Dorothea cut off the lock of her hair?

3. Which 3 things were most important about the trip back east to Artie?

4. What does Artie accomplish on her own?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Echo agree to work towards the National Spelling Bee?

4. Why do you think Dorothea wanted Echo to be so willing to give forgiveness?

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

6. Do you think Artie realizes the importance of the spelling bee to Echo?

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

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

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

10. Why do you think that Echo put on the wings in the beginning of scene 5?

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

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

At some points in the play, Artie seems to have freed herself of her past and becomes a successful, functioning, happy individual. At what point is this true, and which events turn her life back around into the character she again becomes at the end of the play?

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