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 is the name of the aunt?

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

3. What is the name of the Negro girl?

4. Kate is the first to notice that the baby is ______________.

5. Who invented the alphabet taught to Helen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Helen speaks?

2. What is the significance of the sewing card? How does Helen show that she wants to do it on her own?

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

4. Many scenes take place around the dining room table. What is the purpose of using this set?

5. 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?

6. What does Annie claim is her biggest problem in regards to Helen's behavior?

7. How does the author describe Helen? Does Helen's physical appearance give any signs to her infirmities?

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

9. One of the most powerful scenes in the play is the interaction with the water pump. Why is this scene/set so important?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

James Keller is Captain Keller's son by his first marriage. James is the same age as Kate. What is the relationship between Kate and James? How does James relate to Helen? What part does James play in Helen's teaching and skill level? How does James help or hinder Annie's efforts?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Captain Keller and Dr. Howe are both men at the tops of their respective professions. Compare and contrast the personalities and professional lives of the two men.

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