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 does Mr. Larsen do to keep Ralph from falling unconscious again?

2. What does Catherine do on New Year's Day?

3. What name does Antonio go by in St. Louis?

4. What startles the horses of Ralph's carriage?

5. Why does Ralph decide to continue with plans to marry Catherine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author reveal about Catherine's true intentions regarding Truitt?

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

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

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

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

6. How is the theme of isolation repeated as Catherine takes note of her new surroundings?

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

8. What significance does the loss of Catherine's jewelry serve symbolically and as an element of foreshadowing?

9. What lie does Catherine tell about about her father as she is tending to Ralph's head wound?

10. How does Catherine spend her time in St. Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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