The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Test | Mid-Book 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. Who talks about opening a tea shop?

2. Why is Ruth upset at first when she sees the flashlight?

3. What is the substance that Beatrice keeps in a small bottle in a chest of drawers?

4. What questionable activity does Beatrice allow Ruth to do?

5. Beatrice states that she wishes she had completed her education in which of the following fields?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Ruth after she learns of the rabbit's death?

2. When Beatrice receives a call from Dr. Berg, what is her response?

3. What news does Ruth share with Beatrice at the end of Act 1?

4. In what way does Beatrice pay Tillie a compliment prior to the science fair?

5. What does Miss Hanley think of Beatrice?

6. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?

7. How does Beatrice treat her daughter, Tillie?

8. Compare Ruth's attitude toward Tillie at the beginning of Act 1 to the end of Act 1.

9. What excuse does Beatrice give to Mr. Goodman for keeping Tillie home from school?

10. Is Beatrice supportive of Tillie's interest in science?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of life and death in Zindel's play.

a) Analyze the characters, the setting, and the story to uncover the ways in which death figures prominently in the play. What impact does death have on the characters?

b) What thing or person represents life in the play?

c) In the end, does life or death prevail in this drama?

Essay Topic 2

What is the overarching theme of Zindel's play?

a) Is the title of the play related to this theme?

b) In what ways does this theme become apparent in Tillie's monologues and in her science fair presentation?

c) Does the theme bring a positive message to the reader? Why or why not?

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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