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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. How does Van act toward Ada in Chapter 32?

2. In what Manhattan landmark building did Dan propose to Marina in 1871?

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

4. What does Ada think of telling Lucette, to get her to leave Van alone?

5. Where do Ada and Van go, where Van compares Ada's body to the girlish body of the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marina describe Jews to her daughter?

2. What reason does Van give Marina for leaving?

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

4. What becomes of Ada's old governess?

5. How does Van circumvent the rules about what Ada is supposed to read from the library?

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

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

8. What does Ada have to do before she can go off and meet Van in private in Chapter 20?

9. What happens in Van's stage act?

10. How doe Van describe Ada's way of talking when explaining something funny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the mental and physical worlds in the novel.

1) How does the mental world of Van's intellectual investigations and books relate to the physical world around him?

2) How does Van's mental relationship with Ada relate to their physical relationship?

3) How does the balance of mind and body, mental and physical change over time, as Van ages?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Terra and Antiterra in the novel.

1) Why does the author set the novel in an alternative reality, an "Antiterra"? What role does the imaginary planet, a mirror of our "real" world, play in the novel?

2) How do the characters envision Terra? What do their perceptions of Terra show about the characters themselves?

3) How do Terra and Antiterra differ? Compare the two worlds of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

As Van's memoir, the novel deals with memory. It also deals with memory through Van's discussion of time and its meaning. Discuss time and memory in the novel.

1) How is the story of Van and Ada's childhood changed by memory? What significance is there to the fact that the children's diaries were destroyed, forcing them to recreate the events from memory?

2) What role does memory plan in Van and Ada's feelings about each other why they are separated?

3) How does time affect the characters? How does Van's discussion of time relate to the characters' experiences?

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