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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. Why is Ruth upset with Beatrice at the end of Act 1?

2. What is the setting of the play in the opening act?

3. Which of the following statements does Beatrice make about her father?

4. What substance does Nanny spill?

5. What does Beatrice hold over Nanny's head?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Beatrice's definition of a half-life.

3. What is the history folder, and what information does it contain?

4. When Beatrice and Tillie are arguing before the science fair, what does Beatrice claim as the reason she is looking forward to the event?

5. Why do Tillie's classmates laugh at her at the science assembly at the beginning of Act 1?

6. Why does Beatrice not tell the truth to her daughters about her experiences in high school?

7. Describe Nanny's physical appearance.

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

9. What does Miss Hanley think of Beatrice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Beatrice, Tillie, and Ruth.

a) In what ways are these characters similar? In what ways are they different?

b) Which character is the most "rounded" of the three? Which character is the least?

c) What are each character's values? How do they differ from each other?

Essay Topic 2

Is Zindel's play still relevant to today's reader? Why or why not? Would Beatrice's circumstances be any different in today's world? If the play were set in present time, would it be as plausible that Beatrice is so limited in her options? Would Tillie's interest in science make her a social outcast today? Why or why not? Today, would others (school officials, state agencies) be more likely to intervene on behalf of Tillie and Ruth, and to protect them from Beatrice? In what other ways is the play "dated"? Are there any aspects of the story or characters that seem to be specific to the time period in which the play was written?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Beatrice kill the rabbit? What is her motivation? Is it an act of retaliation? If so, for what? What impact does this act have on Tillie and Ruth? What does the rabbit symbolize in the play?

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