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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 does Beatrice ask Tillie to get rid of in the final scene in Act 1?
2. What is the substance that Beatrice keeps in a small bottle in a chest of drawers?
3. What kind of animal is kept in the wire cage in the front left room?
4. Which character says that she receives fifty dollars a week?
5. What questionable activity does Beatrice allow Ruth to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. Compare Ruth's attitude toward Tillie at the beginning of Act 1 to the end of Act 1.
2. What is Beatrice's state when Tillie and Ruth return home from the science fair? How does she react to the news that Tillie has won?
3. What do Beatrice and Ruth argue about prior to the science fair?
4. What does Miss Hanley think of Beatrice?
5. What is the one thing that Beatrice demands from Ruth, and why?
6. Does Nanny know what has transpired in the Hunsdorfer home in Act 2? Are there any similarities between Nanny and Beatrice?
7. Why does Beatrice refuse to allow Tillie to call the doctor when Ruth falls into a seizure?
8. How would you characterize Janice Vickery's presentation at the science fair? What does this scene do for the mood of the play?
9. What is Beatrice's opinion of Nanny's daughter? Why do you think she has such strong feelings about her?
10. What kind of career aspirations did Beatrice have when she was in high school? Did she achieve them?
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 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?
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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