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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 is one of the reasons that Tillie is teased by other students at school, according to Ruth?

2. Who is Mr. Alexander Brougham?

3. What questionable activity does Beatrice allow Ruth to do?

4. Beatrice announces that she spent the day taking stock of her life. What does she determine?

5. What does Beatrice do in the first act to distract Ruth and avoid being upset?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Beatrice of sound mind?

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

3. Why does Tillie want Ruth to keep her knowledge about Beatrice being a high school outcast a secret from their mother?

4. During Beatrice's second phone conversation with Mr. Goodman, what concerns does she express about Tillie's science project?

5. Has Beatrice assisted Tillie with her project? If so, in what way?

6. Is Beatrice supportive of Tillie's interest in science?

7. What prevents Tillie from burying the rabbit upon discovering that it is dead?

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

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

10. What is the one thing that Beatrice demands from Ruth, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of triumph in the face of adversity in Zindel's play.

a) Which character overcomes adversity? In what way is this achieved?

b) Give examples of some of the obstacles that this character faces throughout the course of the play.

c) What can be attributed to this character's ability to overcome adversity? How does this person cope and ultimately prevail despite difficult circumstances?

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