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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which statement does Beatrice make before the science fair?
2. According to Tillie, the seeds which received the most radiation ...
3. What does Beatrice say about the teachers and students at Tillie's school?
4. Where is Nanny at the end of Act 2?
5. When someone says goodnight to Beatrice at the beginning of Act 2, what name does she call her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
In what ways does Beatrice seek or crave respect? Why does Beatrice claim that she was one of the most respected students in high school? What is revealed later on in the play that refutes this statement? When Beatrice spars with Ruth in Act 2, she states that she demands nothing else but respect from Ruth. Why is this so important to her? Does Beatrice treat her daughters with respect? Does Beatrice treat anyone else with respect? Does Beatrice respect herself?
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