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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Tillie is engaged in the following activity while her mother reads the newspaper:
(a) Grooming a horse.
(b) Planting marigolds.
(c) Applying lipstick.
(d) Feeding Nanny her breakfast.

2. Tillie recites the half-life of which of the following substances?
(a) Methanol.
(b) Radon-222.
(c) Ethanol.
(d) Radium-226.

3. Why does Beatrice look for candles following the scream from upstairs?
(a) She wants to put them on the birthday cake she baked for Nanny.
(b) She wants to remove earwax from Nanny's ears.
(c) She wants to rid the air of the smell of marigolds.
(d) She wants to light the room with them, as the electricity has gone off.

4. Who is Mr. Alexander Brougham?
(a) A teacher who inspired Tillie to study horticulture.
(b) A man who lived with Beatrice and had worms in his legs.
(c) A scientist who invented growth hormones for marigolds.
(d) A horse jockey who died in an accident on the track.

5. Why did Beatrice's father want her to get married?
(a) To get her out of the house.
(b) To avoid the embarrassment of her being single and pregnant.
(c) To win a bet he had made with Nanny.
(d) To be sure that she was taken care of.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the "exciting duties" that Beatrice says she would like Tillie to perform?

2. Why is Beatrice annoyed with the person to whom she places a telephone call in Act 1?

3. When one of the characters discusses the idea of opening a tea shop, which of the following desserts is mentioned?

4. What is the name of the lipstick that Ruth borrows from Beatrice?

5. Who is the "goody-goody girl" according to Beatrice?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Beatrice want Tillie to wear a bow in her hair?

2. What does Beatrice do to calm Ruth when she is hysterical?

3. What is Beatrice's opinion of the school that Tillie and Ruth attend?

4. How would you characterize Janice Vickery's presentation at the science fair? What does this scene do for the mood of the play?

5. Why does Beatrice not tell the truth to her daughters about her experiences in high school?

6. Is Beatrice is a good mother?

7. What is Beatrice's opinion of Nanny's daughter? Why do you think she has such strong feelings about her?

8. How does the science experiment make Tillie feel, and why?

9. Besides caring for Nanny, what else does Beatrice expect Ruth to do while at home during the science fair? In what way does Beatrice threaten Ruth if she does not fulfill these obligations?

10. Is Beatrice looking forward to attending the science fair at the opening of Act 2?

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