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. Annie uses a dictionary to write out what word?

2. What body part is often the main focus for the audience?

3. The doctor refers to the challenge with Helen as what?

4. Who is chosen to help Helen?

5. What is unusual about Anne's glasses?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. The sets often include the presence of Belle, the family's setter. What is the purpose of including the dog?

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

5. Why is Annie hesitant to take her first paycheck from Captain Keller?

6. Why does Annie want to take Helen out of the Kellers' house? Where do they go?

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

8. Annie tells Kate Keller that she has three advantages over Dr. Howe when it comes to teaching Helen. What are they?

9. Why is it important that Annie lets Helen into her bedroom?

10. What do Annie and Helen do once they are at the water pump?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Annie's journey from Boston to Alabama was used as a metaphor to describe what action and emotion? What was the Keller carriage used to represent in regards to Annie? How did the carriage represent James? How did it represent the Kellers?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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