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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. How is the Perkins Institute introduced into the set?
2. It is quickly learned that Helen does not have what?
3. What body part is often the main focus for the audience?
4. What accent is used by the characters?
5. A minimal set allows for what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it important that Annie lets Helen into her bedroom?
2. What is the significance of the sewing card? How does Helen show that she wants to do it on her own?
3. 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?
4. Why is Annie hesitant to take her first paycheck from Captain Keller?
5. What might have happened to Helen if Annie had not taken the job?
6. One of the most powerful scenes in the play is the interaction with the water pump. Why is this scene/set so important?
7. After spending time in Annie's room, Helen storms out and locks the door, leaving Annie trapped. What is the purpose of the locked door?
8. According to Annie the Perkins Institute helped her recover not only from blindness but from what other issue?
9. Why does Annie insist that Helen refill the water pitcher instead of allowing the servants to do it?
10. What is Kate's reason for not disciplining Helen?
Essay Topic 1
The most exciting and telling scene in the teleplay is the one involving Annie and Helen at the pump. Explore this scene. What took place between Annie and Helen during those moments? What made it obvious that Helen had experienced a real breakthrough, not only in language but in the relationship with Annie? How did the scene affect the Kellers?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
James happened to see Annie at a vulnerable moment after her battle with Helen. Why did James feel ashamed? Did James' opinion of Annie change? Explain. How did James react when Annie told him about her history and nightmares? How did this exchange affect their relationship?
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