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The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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?



Essay Topics

Is Beatrice a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

a) What is the root cause of Beatrice's bitterness and caustic behavior?

b) Does Beatrice demonstrate signs of mental illness? How might this explain her abusiveness toward her daughters?

c) Is Beatrice more of a danger to herself (self-destructive) than she is to others? Why or why not?

c) In what ways do Beatrice's insecurities impact her daughters?

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?

There are several symbols in Zindel's play. Explore one symbol and discuss how it relates to a theme or motif in the play.

a) Identify the symbol.

b) What does this symbol represent?

c) Explain how the symbol helps the reader better understand the drama.

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