Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Tillie is engaged in the following activity while her mother reads the newspaper:
2. Tillie recites the half-life of which of the following substances?
3. Why does Beatrice look for candles following the scream from upstairs?
4. Who is Mr. Alexander Brougham?
5. Why did Beatrice's father want her to get married?
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?
Analyze Tillie's monologues in Zindel's play.
a) Compare and contrast Tillie's demeanor in her monologues with her demeanor in the context of her dialogue with Beatrice and Ruth.
b) What insights do Tillie's monologues provide the reader as to her inner world and motivations?
c) In what way do Tillie's monologues relate to the play's overall themes?
Discuss the passage in which Beatrice calls herself the "original half-life." Does Beatrice have valid reasons for claiming this? What does this statement say about her attitude toward her daughters? How does this statement relate to the play's main themes? Can parallels be drawn between the true definition of a half-life and Beatrice's own life?
Explore the concept of conformity versus individuality in Zindel's play. In what ways do the characters conform to society's expectations of them? In what ways do they remain independent? Which character conforms the most? Which character conforms the least?
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