Ada; or, Ardor: A Family Chronicle 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 is the chaperone when Van visits Ada at school?

2. What feature of Ada does Van most delight in?

3. Why does Ada want to give Lucette a bath?

4. At sixteen, who does Ada say she's older than?

5. What is the "lolita" that Ada wears?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bad habit does Ana stop on her twelfth birthday?

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

3. How does Dick cheat at cards, and how does Van best him?

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

5. What does Blanche look like as she is ready to leave?

6. How does young Van feel about Ada?

7. What reason does Van give Marina for leaving?

8. What does Ada say lions do when they eat a person?

9. What did Ada do when Dr. Krolik died?

10. What happens in Van's stage act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the novel's portrayal of men and women.

1) How are men and women's experience of sexuality different in the novel? How are they treated differently by society?

2) What does success mean for men and women in the novel? How is it different because of gender?

3) What are men and women's intellectual pursuits in the novel? How are they different because of gender?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss madness in the novel.

1) What is Aqua's madness in the novel? Why does she go from sanitarium to sanitarium, and why does she kill herself?

2) What types of madness do Van's patients display? Why do mad patients see visions of Terra in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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