A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 Test | Final Test - Hard

Amy Ephron
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the man's last name?

2. What item does Josie hide from Eleanor?

3. Philip plans to get a ____.

4. How many letters did Philip send to Eleanor?

5. Philip felt ___ for Eleanor because she did not tell him about Tess.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Eleanor Smith announces that she is pregnant by Philip Alsop. Discuss the scandal at the time. Eleanor could have married Robert Doyle to legitimize her situation but she refuses to do so. Why does Eleanor refuse? What is Philip's reaction to the baby? What are Eleanor's plans for work? What does Eleanor plan to do about the baby? What are Philip's plans? To whom does Philip go for advice? What is the state of the relationship between Eleanor and Philip? What do you think might happen? Do you think the trend of unmarried people having babies has increased or decreased over the past 5 years? 10 years? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Write a short story from the point of Eleanor Smith regarding her first meeting with Philip Alsop. How did the pair become friends and eventually lovers? Does the couple have anything in common at all? If so, what? How does Eleanor adjust her professional life in regards to Philip's wishes? How has the life of each character changed since they met?

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is an important part of a story, often giving clues to the reader. What are the ways in which Ephron uses symbolism in this story? Give examples of blatant symbolism and more subtle symbolism. Compare and contrast the symbolism used in Ephron's book and a story written by a famous author.

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