A Reliable Wife Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Goolrick
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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. Why do the private investigators advise Catherine to not pursue Antonio any longer?

2. The photograph sent to Ralph from his new bride shows a woman who appears to be ____________________.

3. What happens to Catherine in the carriage accident?

4. What does Catherine like about St. Louis?

5. In what state does the novel take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Catherine maintain a low profile in St. Louis even though she is excited by being in the city?

2. Why did Catherine prostitute herself and how does Alice end up doing the same thing?

3. What are the two metaphors the author creates by having Antonio fall through the thin ice?

4. In what way does Ralph and Catherine's relationship begin with a lie?

5. What does Truitt confide to Catherine about Emilia's behavior after she left and how her life deteriorated?

6. What internal conflict does a youthful Truitt experience during his days of debauchery in Europe?

7. In what way are Truitt and Antonio similar in the way they use sex?

8. What are Truitt's thoughts about Antonio even though he and the boy hated each other years ago?

9. How is Ralph described by the emotions he wears on his face as well as his obsession with sex?

10. What is Ralph Truitt doing as the novel begins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Larsens. What are their roles in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating the Larsens in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why Catherine becomes obsessed with nurturing and reviving the "secret garden" of the Italian house? What insights does this preoccupation reveal about Catherine's character?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

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