Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting of the play in Act 1.
Act 1 of play is set in a dark room that was once a vegetable store. Newspapers line the windows. It is unkempt and run down, scattered with household items. Off the main room there is a bedroom, a hallway, a telephone, and a staircase leading to two additional bedrooms. At the bottom of the staircase there is a rustic kitchen. In the front left of the main room there is a wire pet cage.
2. What does Tillie's monologue in the first scene of Act 1 reveal about the girl?
Tillie's opening monologue reveals her passion for science. In particular, Tillie is fascinated with the concept of the atom. She appears to be consumed with an unusually strong interest in the subject.
3. What does Beatrice discuss with Mr. Goodman during their phone conversation in the first scene of Act 1?
Mr. Goodman calls Beatrice to discuss Tillie's demeanor in school and her frequent absences. Mr. Goodman tells Beatrice that Tillie is quiet, and Beatrice responds that some people were born to speak while others are born to listen. She also states that Tillie is not a pretty girl so she is bound to have problems.
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