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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 questionable activity does Beatrice allow Ruth to do?
2. Which of the following statements best describes Ruth's performance in school, according to Beatrice?
3. Beatrice is busy doing which of the following activities when the final scene in Act 1 begins?
4. Which of the following phrases best describes Nanny's relationship with Beatrice?
5. When one of the characters discusses the idea of opening a tea shop, which of the following desserts is mentioned?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Nanny's physical appearance.
2. Is Beatrice of sound mind?
3. What does Beatrice discuss with Mr. Goodman during their phone conversation in the first scene of Act 1?
4. Briefly describe Beatrice's recurring nightmare.
5. What is Beatrice's opinion of the school that Tillie and Ruth attend?
6. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?
7. What excuse does Beatrice give to Mr. Goodman for keeping Tillie home from school?
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. List some of the advice Beatrice gives Tillie before the science fair.
10. What is the explanation that Ruth gives Mr. Goodman for her sister's absence from school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the passage in which Beatrice calls herself the "original half-life." Does Beatrice have valid reasons for claiming this? What does this statement say about her attitude toward her daughters? How does this statement relate to the play's main themes? Can parallels be drawn between the true definition of a half-life and Beatrice's own life?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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