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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. What object does Beatrice forget to provide to Nanny?

2. Tillie's marigold seeds have been exposed to which of the following substances?

3. Which of the following conditions did Beatrice's former husband suffer with?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Beatrice content with her life?

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

3. Describe the relationship between Ruth and Beatrice.

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

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

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

7. Why do you think Zindel chose to switch back and forth between the science fair and Beatrice at home in Act 2?

8. List some of the advice Beatrice gives Tillie before the science fair.

9. What do Beatrice and Ruth argue about prior to the science fair?

10. Why does Beatrice chloroform the rabbit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loneliness and isolation are a recurrent theme in Zindel's play. How is this theme developed in Act 1 and Act 2?

a) Analyze the play's setting, the Hunsdorfers' home. In what ways does it reinforce the theme of loneliness and isolation?

b) Analyze the characters of Beatrice, Tillie, Ruth, and Nanny. How is each one afflicted with loneliness and isolation?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the scenes that incorporate comic relief in Zindel's play.

a) What are some examples of comic relief in the play?

b) What purpose does comic relief serve in the play?

c) Which character brings the most comic relief to the play?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways does Beatrice seek or crave respect? Why does Beatrice claim that she was one of the most respected students in high school? What is revealed later on in the play that refutes this statement? When Beatrice spars with Ruth in Act 2, she states that she demands nothing else but respect from Ruth. Why is this so important to her? Does Beatrice treat her daughters with respect? Does Beatrice treat anyone else with respect? Does Beatrice respect herself?

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