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. Ralph's mother could best be described as ________________________.

2. Catherine notes that there are no _________________ in Ralph's house.

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

4. What is Ralph's last name?

5. Who is 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 significance does the loss of Catherine's jewelry serve symbolically and as an element of foreshadowing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of girls and women in early 20th century America. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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

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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