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

Short Answer Questions

1. During the final portion of Tillie's science presentation, what special effect is used?

2. Which character speaks the final line in Act 2?

3. When does Act 2 take place in time sequence following the last scene in Act 1?

4. What critical remark does Beatrice make about Ruth prior to the science fair?

5. What type of action does Janice Vickery say she undertook on her experimental specimen?

Essay Topics

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

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

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."

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