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 body part is often the main focus for the audience?

2. What present do the Blind Girls give to Helen?

3. The Kellers are amazed when Helen learns to use what item?

4. The clock shows what time when James spies on Annie and Helen?

5. Which character is often in the foreground while others go about their actions in the periphery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Annie and Helen spend a long time in the dining room in a battle of wills. What does Annie manage to teach Helen?

2. Why does James feel ashamed at seeing the activity in the garden house?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What is the purpose of letting Helen play with the beads and string?

6. Why does Annie become so furious at the Kellers' suggestions for treating Helen? What is Annie's method for teaching Helen in this case?

7. How does Helen react to the incident at the pump?

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

9. What might have happened to Helen if Annie had not taken the job?

10. Why does Alexander Graham Bell refuse to help Helen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Keller says that teaching Helen is like talking to a fence post. Annie disagrees and explains how she intends to teach Helen. What does Helen say? Is Mr. Keller being mean or realistic? How does Kate react? Does Helen know about their doubts? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

The scenes at the dinner table caused the most friction between Annie and Captain Keller. What did Captain Keller plan to do about Annie's disrespect? How did the Captain feel when James took Annie's side? What might have happened if Annie had given in to Captain Keller and permitted Helen to run wild like she did before?

Essay Topic 3

Several times throughout the story, Annie separates Helen from Kate. Why? What kind of influence did Kate have on Helen? On Annie? Was Kate's influence more or less important or powerful that that of Captain Keller? What point did Annie prove by taking Helen to the garden house? Explain.

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