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. What is Catherine's cousin's name?

2. Mrs. Larsen tells Catherine that if Catherine hurts Ralph, ______________________.

3. What does Catherine constantly imagine herself doing?

4. What does Catherine sew into the hem of her dress?

5. What had Ralph done when he caught Emilia and her lover together?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What tragedy did Ralph suffer twenty years ago and why does he try to maintain his composure at the train station?

3. What is the one expectation that Truitt has of Catherine by sending her to St. Louis?

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

5. Describe the carriage accident in which Ralph is hurt.

6. What is the significance of Truitt's mother stabbing him with a needle and then the resulting scar that reminds him of the act?

7. What do the secret garden, and gardens in general, symbolize in Catherine's life at this point?

8. What do Malloy and Fisk report to Catherine regarding Antonio and to what do they reluctantly agree to do for Catherine?

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

10. How does Mrs. Larsen show Catherine that she will not stand by and let anyone else hurt Truitt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Catherine. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

There are several events of foreshadowing in the book. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

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