A Reliable Wife Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Goolrick
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Antonio wearing during the time Catherine and the investigators meet with him?

2. How does Catherine first want to see Antonio?

3. What does Catherine buy before returning to her hotel room after meeting with Antonio?

4. What had tormented Ralph for his entire life?

5. What is Antonio doing in the city in #63?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the author's description of the weather so critical to the book?

2. Why does Antonio delight in telling Catherine about where Alice is?

3. What image does Catherine see float down toward Alice and what does Catherine realize about her own life from this point on?

4. What does a flashback reveal about Catherine and Alice's sad childhood?

5. What is the nature of the encounter between Catherine and Alice in present day St. Louis?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Truitt feel when Catherine returns home without Antonio and what is Truitt's suggestion for their life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Truitt and Catherine. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

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

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?

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