A Reliable Wife Test | 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. Who was the daughter born to Ralph and Emilia?

2. What is Catherine's plan for after she gets all of Ralph's money?

3. What does Catherine do with her expensive clothing?

4. Antonio says his true family is in what type of business?

5. Who was Ralph's brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In what way does Ralph and Catherine's relationship begin with a lie?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Truitt decide to keep Catherine in spite of the fact that she misrepresented herself? Why did Truitt allow his relationship with Catherine to begin with a lie? What do Truitt's decisions say about his character?

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

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.

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