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. How many times did Echo read Robinson Crusoe?

2. What are Echo and Artie arguing about in the beginning of scene 4?

3. What news does Artie have for her mother when she calls her for the second time in scene 4?

4. In reference to Echo and Artie's argument in the beginning of scene 4, what does Artie believe?

5. What is Echo doing as scene 5 opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dorothea cut a lock of Artie's hair?

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

3. What evidence is there in scene 5 that Echo is intrigued by her mother and wants to get to know her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothea stresses the importance of education. Discuss how and why Dorothea demonstrates her valuing education over motherhood, and give examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

The title of the play is a background theme throughout the play. Discuss why this title is appropriate for the play. Give examples of how it is used throughout the play.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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