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 name does Antonio go by in St. Louis?

2. What does Ralph expect of Catherine?

3. What does Ralph's head hit when he is tossed from the carriage?

4. Ralph is aware that his relationship with Catherine is beginning with __________________.

5. Who are the Pinkerton agents with whom Catherine meets?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the canary that Catherine purchases?

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

4. What do the secret garden and the Italian house symbolize?

5. What are some of Truitt's thoughts during his delirium, especially related to his domineering mother and his own youthful thoughts of lust?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why does Ralph allow himself to be gradually poisoned by Catherine, even after he's aware of what's happening to him? What does this decision say about his character?

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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