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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Ruth concerned about before Tillie goes on stage?
2. What is missing from Janice Vickery's experimental specimen?
3. According to Ruth, who is waiting to see Beatrice at the science fair?
4. What does Beatrice do immediately after completing her second phone call in Act 2?
5. How did the science experiment make Tillie feel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Analyze Tillie's monologues in Zindel's play.
a) Compare and contrast Tillie's demeanor in her monologues with her demeanor in the context of her dialogue with Beatrice and Ruth.
b) What insights do Tillie's monologues provide the reader as to her inner world and motivations?
c) In what way do Tillie's monologues relate to the play's overall themes?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze Tillie's presentation at the science fair. In what way do her findings relate to the play's overriding theme? Compare the effects of radiation on the marigolds to the effects of Beatrice's words and actions on her daughters. What are the implications in terms of Tillie's and Ruth's fate, compared to the fate of the marigolds?
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