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 exterior object is not shown in relation to Anne Sullivan?

2. What is the name of the town where the Kellers live?

3. What year does the story begin?

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

5. What is the occupation of the elderly gentleman in the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. One of the main props for Annie is the pair of glasses with smoked lenses. Why are the glasses important?

2. Martha gives scissors to Helen as the children cut out paper dolls on the porch. Why would Martha do that and what is Helen's reaction?

3. Why do you think the play opened with Dr. Howe examining Helen?

4. The setting often requires focusing in closely on the faces of the characters. Why is it important to show Martha's mouth?

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

6. How do you think Annie's letters affected the set(s)?

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

8. According to Annie, what makes a person human?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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