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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Of what action of Ellen's does Newland approve?
(a) Using her inheritance
(b) Buying a new wardrobe
(c) Getting a divorce
(d) Purchasing a home

2. What social impropriety does Ellen commit at the dinner party?
(a) She approaches Newland to talk to him instead of being approached by him
(b) She doesn't know which fork to use for her salad
(c) She drinks from the finger bowl
(d) She chews with her mouth open

3. What is the law firm's position on the divorce?
(a) They will not make any money on it
(b) They have a conflict of interest
(c) The request should be cancelled
(d) It is a presitigious case

4. What is May's position on the length of their engagement?
(a) A long engagement is expected in their social class
(b) She is ready to elope at any time
(c) She would also prefer a shorter engagement
(d) She is ready to call off the engagement

5. Which controversial Mingott family member arrives at the opera?
(a) Countess Ellen Olenska
(b) Ellen van der Luyden
(c) May Mingott
(d) Janey Welland

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the popular rumor already in existence about Ellen?

2. What does May ask Newland?

3. What surprises Newland when he arrives at Ellen's the next evening?

4. Who do the van der Luydens agree to include in an upcoming dinner party?

5. Who does Newland discover is visiting Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issue does Newland bring up again when he sees May?

2. On what issue does Newland ask May to violate social norms?

3. Describe how the van der Luydens show their power in New York society.

4. What is the turning point of the book as exhibited in Chapter 19?

5. How do Newland and Ellen finally reveal their true feelings for each other?

6. How does Newland feel about Ellen's rumored involvement with her husband's secretary?

7. What is the reason for the Wellands' annual trip to Florida?

8. What conflicting messages does Newland receive about Ellen's feelings for him in Chapter 15?

9. What does Ellen do to create some drama in her relationship with Newland?

10. Describe the Beauforts and their place in New York society.

(see the answer keys)

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