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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. Tillie makes the following announcement at the beginning of the final scene in Act 1:
2. This character states: "You're looking at the original half-life!"
3. What does Ruth see in the record room at school?
4. At the end of Act 1, Tillie reacts to Beatrice in what way?
5. Which of the following statements best summarizes the final scene of Act 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the explanation that Ruth gives Mr. Goodman for her sister's absence from school?
2. What prevents Tillie from burying the rabbit upon discovering that it is dead?
3. Why do Tillie's classmates laugh at her at the science assembly at the beginning of Act 1?
4. Describe Beatrice's definition of a half-life.
5. Compare Ruth's attitude toward Tillie at the beginning of Act 1 to the end of Act 1.
6. What is the one thing that Beatrice demands from Ruth, and why?
7. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?
8. 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?
9. Briefly describe Beatrice's recurring nightmare.
10. Describe the setting of the play in Act 1.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Zindel's play explores the theme of science and its impact on humankind. Discuss the ways in which Zindel presents this theme throughout the course of the play. Do you agree or disagree with Tillie's statement at the conclusion of her science fair presentation: "THE DAY WILL COME WHEN MANKIND WILL THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL ENERGY FROM THE ATOM."
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Beatrice, Tillie, and Ruth.
a) In what ways are these characters similar? In what ways are they different?
b) Which character is the most "rounded" of the three? Which character is the least?
c) What are each character's values? How do they differ from each other?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze Tillie's presentation at the science fair. In what way do her findings relate to the play's overriding theme? Compare the effects of radiation on the marigolds to the effects of Beatrice's words and actions on her daughters. What are the implications in terms of Tillie's and Ruth's fate, compared to the fate of the marigolds?
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