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. What causes both Van and Ada to rush back to the house?

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

3. Why does the governess decide to stay in bed for five days?

4. Where does Percy de Prey ask Van to meet him?

5. What activity does Marina do out on the lawn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes of Ada's old governess?

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

3. Describe the encounter between Blanche and Van.

4. What happens in Van's stage act?

5. What reason does Van give Marina for leaving?

6. How does Marina describe Jews to her daughter?

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

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

9. How does Aqua kill herself?

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

The novel is a memoir, narrated by Van with input from Ada, and written in the third person with occasional first-person interludes. Discuss point of view in the novel.

1) Why does Van write his memoir mainly in the third person? What does this say about Van's perception of himself through time and his memories?

2) At what points does Van interrupt the narrative in the first person? What do these first person sections add to the novel? Why are they there?

3) What does Ada add to the novel? Where is her voice present?

Essay Topic 3

Van and Ada part bitterly after 1888 because of jealousy, and jealousy plays an important role in their relationship. Discuss jealousy in the novel.

1) Why is Van so jealous of Ada's other sexual relationships, when he is also sexually active without her? How is Ada jealous of Van?

2) How is Lucette jealous of Ada? How does her jealousy affect and define her relationships with Van and with Ada?

3) What other jealousies exist in the novel? How do the different characters respond to and think of jealousy?

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