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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which chemical was involved in Janice Vickery's experiment?

2. Who wins at the science fair?

3. What happens to Tillie's pet in Act 2?

4. What does Ruth think of Janice Vickery's science experiment?

5. What does Tillie want to do with the rabbit at the end of Act 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zindel's play explores the theme of science and its impact on humankind. Discuss the ways in which Zindel presents this theme throughout the course of the play. Do you agree or disagree with Tillie's statement at the conclusion of her science fair presentation: "THE DAY WILL COME WHEN MANKIND WILL THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL ENERGY FROM THE ATOM."

Essay Topic 2

Loneliness and isolation are a recurrent theme in Zindel's play. How is this theme developed in Act 1 and Act 2?

a) Analyze the play's setting, the Hunsdorfers' home. In what ways does it reinforce the theme of loneliness and isolation?

b) Analyze the characters of Beatrice, Tillie, Ruth, and Nanny. How is each one afflicted with loneliness and isolation?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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