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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. When Thomas Birkin opens the door to the church, he discovers that it is _________.
2. What is the name of Kathy's brother who sometimes accompanies her to the church?
3. What method of transportation does Thomas Birkin use to arrive in town?
4. What does Birkin use to mark the areas of the wall most likely to contain part of the covered painting?
5. Why does Kathy Ellerbeck tell Birkin that she has come to visit the church?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Birkin reveal first in the painting? What meaning does he draw from this discovery?
2. Describe the conversation that Keach and Birkin have regarding living arrangements.
3. Describe the wall monument that Birkin finds in the church.
4. Who do Kathy, Edgar, and Birkin visit on the way home from Sunday school? What do they give her?
5. How many times has Birkin performed the task of uncovering a wall painting?
6. What does Keach ask Birkin about the wall painting? How does Birkin respond?
7. Who originally discovers and takes interest in the painting? What arrangements does this person make regarding the painting?
8. What is Birkin's aim regarding the painting? What idea does he have of the final picture?
9. While Thomas Birkin is at the station at the beginning of the novel, who does he see looking at him? What does he imagine that this person is thinking?
10. What does Birkin specifically ask Keach if he can use? How does Keach respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Birkin and Alice develop the metaphor of a puzzle for uncovering the painting. Write an essay examining this metaphor. What does it do for the novel? Do you think it is an apt metaphor? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The main setting of the novel is a church. In addition, Birkin visits another church with the Ellerbecks and one in Barton Ferry to preach. With all of these symbols of religion in the novel, how much of a role does religion or spirituality play? Are these the same thing? Write an essay examining your ideas.
Essay Topic 3
The novel, A Month in the Country, takes place in predominately one location. Think about the idea of journeys in the novel. Is there mental or emotional movement despite the rather stagnant physical movement? Why or why not? Write an essay supporting your claim.
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