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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 special job does Ruth hold at school?
2. What type of beverage is Beatrice drinking when the final scene in Act 1 begins?
3. What object does Beatrice forget to provide to Nanny?
4. Which of the following statements best describes Ruth's performance in school, according to Beatrice?
5. Who calls Beatrice at the end of Act 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Beatrice refuse to allow Tillie to call the doctor when Ruth falls into a seizure?
2. What is Beatrice's opinion of Nanny's daughter? Why do you think she has such strong feelings about her?
3. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?
4. Why does Zindel repeat the Conclusion of Tillie's science fair presentation at the end of Act 2?
5. At the beginning of Act 2, what does Ruth reveal to Tillie about their mother's experience in high school?
6. Why do Tillie's classmates laugh at her at the science assembly at the beginning of Act 1?
7. What is Beatrice's opinion of the school that Tillie and Ruth attend?
8. Why is Beatrice angry at Tillie following the phone call she receives from Mr. Goodman at the beginning of Act 1?
9. Has Beatrice assisted Tillie with her project? If so, in what way?
10. Is Beatrice of sound mind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the mother-daughter relationships in Zindel's play.
a) Is Beatrice a good mother? Why or why not?
b) Is Beatrice a traditional mother? Why or why not?
c) Does Beatrice express love for her daughters? If so, how?
d) Is Beatrice a role model to them? Why or why not?
e) How do Tillie and Ruth relate to Beatrice? Are they rebellious? Obedient?
f) Do Ruth and Tillie express love for Beatrice? If so, how?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
There are several characters whose names are mentioned at certain points in time, but do not appear physically in the scenes (for example, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Berg, Miss Hanley, and Nanny's daughter). Discuss the ways in which these characters serve to further the play's overall plot and themes.
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