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

3. Which character appears for the first time when Beatrice is reading the newspaper?

4. At the end of Act 1, Ruth's emotions toward Tillie would be best described as:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nanny's physical appearance.

2. Why does Beatrice chloroform the rabbit?

3. Is Beatrice of sound mind?

4. Compare Janice Vickery's presentation at the science fair to Tillie's.

5. Is Beatrice is a good mother?

6. Why do you think Zindel chose to switch back and forth between the science fair and Beatrice at home in Act 2?

7. What is the explanation that Ruth gives Mr. Goodman for her sister's absence from school?

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

9. Besides caring for Nanny, what else does Beatrice expect Ruth to do while at home during the science fair? In what way does Beatrice threaten Ruth if she does not fulfill these obligations?

10. Why does Beatrice want Tillie to wear a bow in her hair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Beatrice a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

a) What is the root cause of Beatrice's bitterness and caustic behavior?

b) Does Beatrice demonstrate signs of mental illness? How might this explain her abusiveness toward her daughters?

c) Is Beatrice more of a danger to herself (self-destructive) than she is to others? Why or why not?

c) In what ways do Beatrice's insecurities impact her daughters?

Essay Topic 2

What is the overarching theme of Zindel's play?

a) Is the title of the play related to this theme?

b) In what ways does this theme become apparent in Tillie's monologues and in her science fair presentation?

c) Does the theme bring a positive message to the reader? Why or why not?

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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