The Miracle Worker Act 1

How does Kate discover her baby is blind and deaf?

Helen did not flinch.

Tell the number of years that elapse between Helen's infancy and the paper doll scene with
Percy and Martha.

5 years.

What does Helen do that shows she knows Percy is

Felt person's lips.

When Martha removes Helen's hands from her biting mouth, how does she react?

Like she was abusive and psychotic.

To which family member does Helen seem closest?


Why is Helen troubled by Aunt Ev's towel doll? How does she remedy the situation?

She wants eyes on it.

How does the family compensate for Helen's affliction?

No discipline.

When does Captain Keller agree to contact the oculist in Baltimore?

He agreed at the end of scene 3

Helen's half-brother, James, holds what opinion of her?

Gets on his nerves and wants to put her in an asylum.

List three pieces of information we learn from Mr. Anagnos' farewell conversation with Annie Sullivan at the Perkins Institute.

Annie was almost Blind.
20 years old.
Jimmy is her brother.

Name the going away presents Annie receives from Anagnos and the blind girls at the Perkins Institute.

Ring, doll and sunglasses.

What gesture does Annie use to indicate her mother?

Helen touches her cheek.

How many treats does Helen secretly receive before dinner? Given by whom?

Mother and Dad.

How do we know Helen is aware something different is about to happen?

Feels and touches everything.

Tell Annie's response to Kate's question , "What will you try to teach her first?

How will you teach a blind/deaf girl?

Does Kate like Annie at their first meeting?


How does Helen first respond to Annie Sullivan?

Doesn't like her.

What word does Annie sign to Helen first? Why?

Doll and Helen loves dolls.

For what reason does James fetch a ladder?

To get Annie down from her room.

Describe Annie's reaction to Helen spitting the hidden key out of her mouth and hiding it in the well.

She called Helen a little devil.

What does Annie feel is her greatest obstacle with Helen?

Helen is spoiled and restless.

Why does Annie have Helen feel the different expressions on her face?

To have Helen know what is going on.

How does Kate respond when Annie questions her for rewarding Helen for stabbing her with
the needle?

Guilty; like it's her fault for spoiling her.

For what reason does Annie insist everyone leave the dining room during breakfast?

To communicate/teach her.

Explain why before exiting the dining room James says to Annie, "If it takes all summer,

Helen shows no improvement at all.

Tell Kate's response to the Captain's demand that she tell Annie to change her tactics with
Helen or leave.

She demands for Annie to stay, the only way Helen learn and change.

What happens after Annie finally gets Helen to take a spoonful of food from her plate into her

Helen spits it on Annie.

What does Aunt Ev remind Kate of after Annie chases them all out of the dining room?

That Helen is a child of a Keller and relative of Robert E. Lee.

Describe Annie's report
to Kate after her ordeal with Helen and her response.

Helen folded her napkin.

Dismayed, what does Annie reread from the Perkin's report upon going to her room?

Medical report.

Whose voices does Annie hear in her mind after reviewing the report?

Jimmie's voice.

What is Captain Keller's reaction to Annie's work with Helen?


What does Annie think is Helen's worst handicap?

Love and pity.

When Kate shares her fear of sending Helen to an asylum, what do we learn about Annie's past?

She and her brother lived in one and played with rats in a death house.

For what does Annie request from the Kellers if she is to stay on there with them?

Live in an extra house with Helen to stay away from distractions.

In what way does Annie respond to James' warning that she ought to just accept Helen's

Not giving up.

How does the family manage to confuse Helen into thinking she has been taken to some other place and town?

Taking a long ride.

Where have they actually taken her?

To the garden house.

Helen responds in what manner to her new surroundings?

She is furious and cries.

Of what use is Percy to Annie the first night alone with Helen?

Helps Helen get out from under the bed and learns words.

How is Annie feeling at the end of Act II?

She feels she has accomplished something. Very happy in letting Annie touch her.

How does Annie think Helen can come out of her shell, like the chick?

Fingers can talk.

What has been James' feeling about the two weeks Helen has been gone?

He thinks it is quiet and peaceful.

In what matter does Kate advise James?

To come out of the shell and stand up.

What is wrong with Helen's eighteen nouns and three verbs?

They don't make sense.

Annie compares words to what?

Her past in the asylum.

Does Annie agree with Captain Keller's compliment that Helen's cleanliness is next to Godliness?


How does Annie feel upon Helen's return to the main house?

She feels defeated.

Annie defines obedience without understanding as what?

Obedience is blindness.

What does she ask of Captain Keller when he compliments her on what she has done with Helen in two short weeks?

Not to undo what she has taught.

What greeting does James extend to Annie?

Even general.

How does Helen behave during her special 'welcome home' dinner?

Throws a tantrum.

All but whom want to allow Helen her tantrum because, after all, she is the guest of honor?


Which family members finally agree that the right thing is to allow Annie to take over?

Kate and James.

Where does Annie take Helen when she removes her from the table? What happens there?

The pump. Helen attempts to say water.

What does Helen do next?

Touches a lot of things.

How do her parents react to this turn of events?

They are overwhelmed with emotions.

What object does Helen offer to Annie?


What does Annie sign and whisper to Helen that shows she can now move ahead in her own life?

I love Helen for ever and ever.