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

How does Catherine compare to the wife Truitt thought he was getting as a mail order bride? Is he happy that Catherine turned out to be who she was or does Ralph still wish for the meek, ordinary woman in the photograph?

Essay Topic 2

A RELIABLE WIFE is a classic story of good vs. evil. What does that classification entail? Why does this story fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The cold weather takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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