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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 date is marked out on the calendar?
2. What is the name of the director at the institute?
3. In what geometric pattern is the stage set?
4. Kate is the first to notice that the baby is ______________.
5. What item is featured first on the set?
Short Essay Questions
1. In the scene in the garden with Captain Keller, Helen is the focus while there is a lot of action in the background. What is the purpose of this arrangement?
2. Why do you think the play opened with Dr. Howe examining Helen?
3. What might have happened to Helen if Annie had not taken the job?
4. Several scenes are focused on letters written to various characters. Early on, Keller writes to Dr. Chisholm, who refers Keller to Alexander Graham Bell. What is the purpose of showing the exchanging of letters?
5. What is Kate's argument regarding the item Helen has thrown on the floor?
6. Annie tells Kate that blindness and deafness are not Helen's worst handicaps. What are the real handicaps?
7. How do the Kellers realize that Helen is blind and deaf?
8. What is the purpose of letting Helen play with the beads and string?
9. What is the purpose of dividing the stage into quadrants?
10. What does Annie claim is her biggest problem in regards to Helen's behavior?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the end of the teleplay, Annie, Kate and Helen go to the Perkins Institute. Why did they make the trip? What was the plan once the trio arrived? Was the plan carried out? How did Anagnos respond to Helen, Annie, and Kate? What was Helen's opinion of the school and the Blind Girls? Where would Helen go next?
Essay Topic 2
One of Annie's biggest battles has to do with defeat. Annie will not admit defeat. Annie says that she will never give up, while James says that sometimes there are no other options and that defeat does exist. What makes Annie so determined to make a breakthrough with Helen? Is it because of pride, belief in herself and/or Helen or something else? How does Annie's perseverance help and hinder her work with Helen and the Kellers? What might Annie have done differently?
Essay Topic 3
After the incident at the water pump, a new bond forms between Annie and Helen. How does Helen react when Annie touches her face? Why? Does this move create a rift in the student/teacher relationship? How does Annie handle the next steps with Helen and the Kellers?
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