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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 fights by the edge of the brook?

2. What contact with Ada excites Van?

3. What does Blanche tell Van?

4. When Demon sees Ada, what about her appearance can he not bear?

5. Why does Phillip Rack come upstairs, interrupting Ada and Van?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ada act when she tells stories at the table?

2. What are the rules of marriage among relatives that Van and Ada discuss?

3. What does Marina chastise Van for, after calling him into her room?

4. Where and in what circumstances do Van and Ada first have sex?

5. What are the circumstances of Marina's first romantic liaison with Demon?

6. What causes Lucette to follow Ada and Van around in Chapter 34?

7. How does Lucette want to draw flowers, when her sister is trying to teach her to draw?

8. How does young Van feel about Ada?

9. How does Van feel about Cordula?

10. How does Van first see Ada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Lucette and Ada's characters in the novel.

1) What role does the age difference between Lucette and Ada play in their similarities and differences?

2) How doe Van love Lucette? How is this different from the way he loves Ada? Why?

3) What are Lucette and Ada's feelings for each other? What does this show about their personalities, values, and beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

Van has a privileged life. Discuss privilege in the novel.

1) What freedoms does Van's wealth and status allow him? How would his life be different if he weren't wealthy?

2) How is it significant that Van has an independent inheritance from Aqua and is not dependent on Demon for money?

3) What is Van's perception of his position of privilege, and how does this perception change throughout his life, from youth to old age?

Essay Topic 3

The novel follows Van and Ada from their youth through their old age. Discuss aging in the novel.

1) How does Van change throughout his life? Are his physical changes separable from his mental and emotional changes?

2) How do the characters' values and priorities change over time? What is important to them in their youth and as they grow older?

3) How do the characters' perceptions of the world around them and of their own relationship change as they age?

4) What meaning does the approach of death have for Van and Ada?

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