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. What has Van developed a test for?

2. What does Van invite Lucette to do?

3. What name does Van have for frightening dreams?

4. What does Van think about the relativistic idea of space-time?

5. What part does Ada play in the film "The Young and the Doomed"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Cordula's conversation like?

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

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

4. What does Van do after leaving Demon?

5. What were the reviews of Van's first book like?

6. What does Van write about in his unsent letter to Ada?

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

8. What exercise in memory does Van attempt, which he also gives to his patients?

9. How does Van gain the post of Rattner Chair of Philosophy at University of Kingston?

10. How does Demon discover that Van is living with Ada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationships between parents and children in the novel.

1) How does Van relate to Aqua? How does he relate to Demon? How does he relate to Marina? What does he get from each of these parental figures, and how do they affect him?

2) How does Marina relate to Ada and Lucette? How does she influence them? Compare her influence to the influence of the governess.

3) What influence does Dan have as a parent? How do Lucette and Ada relate to him?

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

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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