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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. When the scream is heard from upstairs, what sound accompanies it?
2. Beatrice takes a dramatic physical action following Dr. Berg's phone call. What is it?
3. Beatrice's story begins with the following exclamation:
4. Ruth has one of the following problems:
5. Who is the person screaming upstairs after Beatrice places a phone call in Act 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Zindel repeat the Conclusion of Tillie's science fair presentation at the end of Act 2?
2. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?
3. Why is Beatrice angry at Tillie following the phone call she receives from Mr. Goodman at the beginning of Act 1?
4. What is the business scheme that Beatrice is preoccupied with in Act 2? According to Beatrice, what role will her daughters play?
5. Describe Beatrice's feelings toward Tillie's pet.
6. At the beginning of Act 2, what does Ruth reveal to Tillie about their mother's experience in high school?
7. Is Beatrice of sound mind?
8. What does Miss Hanley think of Beatrice?
9. Compare Janice Vickery's presentation at the science fair to Tillie's.
10. Why does Beatrice refuse to allow Tillie to call the doctor when Ruth falls into a seizure?
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
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 3
In what way do dreams influence and inform the characters in Zindel's play?
a) Discuss Ruth's nightmare about Mr. Mayo. What kind of impact does this nightmare have on Ruth?
b) Discuss Beatrice's nightmare about riding the horse wagon into a silent neighborhood. Why does this dream frighten Beatrice?
c) Discuss the theme of shattered dreams in the play. Which character or characters has dreams that are never attained? What effect does this have on this character?
d) Which character or characters have given up on their dreams? Why?
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