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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 at first when she sees the flashlight?

2. Where does Tillie go immediately after the scream is heard in Act 1?

3. What special job does Ruth hold at school?

4. Who is the "goody-goody girl" according to Beatrice?

5. Beatrice's story begins with the following exclamation:

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Beatrice respect Nanny? Support your answer with examples.

2. What happens to Ruth after she learns of the rabbit's death?

3. Is Beatrice is a good mother?

4. Is Beatrice looking forward to attending the science fair at the opening of Act 2?

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

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

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

8. Does it come as a shock to Tillie when Beatrice states that she hates the world? Why?

9. What is Beatrice's opinion of the school that Tillie and Ruth attend?

10. Why do you think Tillie's appearance at the science fair is so important to Ruth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of life and death in Zindel's play.

a) Analyze the characters, the setting, and the story to uncover the ways in which death figures prominently in the play. What impact does death have on the characters?

b) What thing or person represents life in the play?

c) In the end, does life or death prevail in this drama?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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