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. The diamond ring that Ralph gave Catherine looked like which type of flower?

2. What is Catherine's last name?

3. Ralph is obsessed with __________________.

4. What had tormented Ralph for his entire life?

5. How many years ago did Ralph lose his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scenario where Catherine observes Antonio in the restaurant.

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

3. What were the circumstances in which Emilia left Truitt?

4. What does Truitt's wish to have Antonio back foreshadow for the story?

5. Who are the two main characters in A RELIABLE WIFE?

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

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

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

9. What themes does the author introduce early in the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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

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