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 symptom causes Andrey to go to the doctor?

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

3. What has Van developed a test for?

4. Who is Van's second for the duel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lucette say about Ada's hands?

3. How did Percy de Prey die?

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

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

6. Why does Van think he is sterile?

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

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

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

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

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

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 Van as a character.

1) What drives Van's attraction to Ada? Why does he carry his obsession with her through long absences?

2) What is Van's perception of women? How does he treat them, and what role do they play in his life?

3) What is Van's perception of himself? How is he a "vain Veen"?

4) Discuss Van's work as a writer and psychologist. Why does he choose this work? Why does he write the books he writes, and what contributes to his philosophy?

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