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 phrase does Ana use repetitively throughout her first communication with Van?

2. What symptom causes Andrey to go to the doctor?

3. What are the "three C's" Lucette says were talked about at Ada's house?

4. Who is Mr. Gromwell?

5. What does Ada think of Van's change in weight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Van propose about the future in his treatise on time?

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

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

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

5. What is Van's opinion of acting?

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

7. What does Ada's letter say she will do if Van doesn't allow her to come live with him?

8. What is Cordula's conversation like?

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

10. What does Van plan to do in the duel?

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

The central story of the novel is focused on the incestuous relationship between Ada and Van. Discuss incest in the novel.

1) What are Van and Ada's attitudes toward incest? The implication is that even as children, they know they are brother and sister. Do they hide this knowledge from themselves? Do they accept it?

2) Why do Ada and Van change their mind about living together when Demon finds out? Are their self-perceptions changed by Demon's admission of their relationship as siblings? Are their actions driven by Demon's open knowledge of the secret? What are the societal attitudes involved?

3) Why does Van tell Lucette he doesn't want another incestuous relationship with her? What is different about a relationship with Lucette, as opposed to any other unrelated woman?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss siblings, cousins, and their relationships in the novel.

1) What are the relationships between Marina and Aqua? How are they similar to each other? How does Aqua serve as a substitute for Marina? How does this compare to the relationship between Demon and Dan?

2) Discuss the relationship between Lucette and Ada? How are they similar and different, and what does their relationship as sisters have to do with their similarities? How does Lucette serve as a substitute for Ada?

3) Discuss the relationship between Ada and Van as brother and sister. How does their relationship as siblings change their associations? What similarities does it create between them?

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