The Miracle Worker Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What time of day does the play open?

2. What object is used to teach Helen to write?

3. It is quickly learned that Helen does not have what?

4. Who is chosen to help Helen?

5. Who/what is the focus of attention for the characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. James meets Annie at the station, prepared to welcome her to Tuscumbia. Why is James the greeter and what part does the carriage play in the scene?

2. What is the recommendation from Alexander Graham Bell to Captain Keller?

3. Helen makes several attempts to get attention from each member of the family. What does she do to get attention and what are the results?

4. Why does Helen return to her unruly ways at the dinner table?

5. What does Captain Keller attribute Helen's behavior to at the table?

6. Who makes the original suggestion that Helen should be put in an asylum? How do Helen's parents react?

7. What was James' purpose in choosing that particular Bible verse for grace? Why did Aunt Ev object?

8. What is Dr. Howe's diagnosis for Helen and his advice for her recovery?

9. The sets often include the presence of Belle, the family's setter. What is the purpose of including the dog?

10. Annie does not intend to tell the Kellers about her history. What is Anagnos' advice on the matter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Under the surface, Annie and Helen are quite a lot alike. Compare and contrast the personalities of each. Do the two complement each other? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

There is a highly effective method of using lighting on stage as well as in television. Cite at least three examples of how lighting was used as foreshadowing and how that knowledge affected the reader/viewer's perceptions.

Essay Topic 3

Upon meeting Kate Keller, Annie said that she intended to teach Helen half of what an ordinary child might know. What was Kate's response and what was the conversation to follow? Whose opinion was correct in the end?

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