A Month in the Country Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

J. L. Carr
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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 will happen if Moon does not find the grave he is looking for?

2. Who does Moon describe as "a tall drooping man, carelessly dresses, disorganized, remote"?

3. Who argues that it is an outrage that someone as beautiful as Alice is married to Keach?

4. Who does Thomas Birkin see staring at him from the station house when he arrives?

5. How many solo jobs has Birkin had before undertaking the job in the church?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Birkin in the graveyard when Alice Keach comes to visit? What is he doing there?

2. What does Keach ask Birkin about the wall painting? How does Birkin respond?

3. 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?

4. What is Birkin's aim regarding the painting? What idea does he have of the final picture?

5. What new character does Keach reveal as he and Birkin discuss living arrangements and where does this character live?

6. What does Birkin reveal first in the painting? What meaning does he draw from this discovery?

7. What is attached to the church? What does it contain?

8. How does Thomas Birkin arrive in Oxgodby, England? What does he do when he first gets there?

9. Why is Birkin hired and who is paying him for his work?

10. After Birkin and Moon depart from their first meeting, what does Birkin think regarding Moon? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining the influence of the war on the novel and on the individual characters.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay examining the juxtaposition of life and death in the novel. How are these two themes used? Do they get similar or different results?

Essay Topic 3

When Birkin first gets to Oxgodby, the painting is completely hidden. By the time he leaves, he has uncovered the entire work. Write an essay examining the idea of hiding and revealing in the novel.

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