Ada; or, Ardor: A Family Chronicle Test | Final 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. How does Ada introduce her husband to Van?

2. What is Cordula doing when Van runs into her?

3. Who quips to Veen that he doesn't really need two women?

4. Who does Van have read and forward his letter to Ada about Lucette's death?

5. What is the best Franco-Estonian restaurant in Manhattan Major?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Ada telephones Van, what does she tell him?

2. What does Van say is as common in dreams as metaphors are in poetry?

3. In Marina's last days, why is Van planning a trip to America?

4. How does Van characterize to Greg his relationship with Ada?

5. What metaphor does Van use for trying to understand time?

6. How did Percy de Prey die?

7. What is Cordula's conversation like?

8. How does Van remember his three farewell lectures on Bergson's Time?

9. How does Van respond to an invitation to dine at the Captain's table?

10. What is Van's opinion of acting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the importance of Ardis Hall in the novel.

1) What meanings and associations does Ardis Hall have for Van and Ada?

2) Why does Van never go back and live at Ardis Hall when he is older? Why does Lucette suggest they go to Ardis Hall?

3) By the end of the novel, Ardis Hall mainly exists in memory for the main characters. How is the memory different from the reality?

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