The Age of Innocence Test | Mid-Book 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. Of what action of Ellen's does Newland approve?

2. What else does Newland tell Ellen?

3. What does Newland send to Ellen?

4. What does Newland tell May?

5. What type of flowers does Newland send Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What misgivings does Newland have regarding his marriage to May?

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

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

4. What does Newland do after the awkward meeting with Ellen at Skuytercliff?

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

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

7. How does Newland perceive his role as May's future husband?

8. Explain why Newland is both baffled and pleased by a visit to Ellen's home.

9. What is the opinion of Ellen held by the Archer family members?

10. What convinces May that Newland really does want to marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of women in high society in the late Nineteenth Century? What is Newland's conflict between what he believes their role should be and behaving within the approved structure?

Essay Topic 2

The story takes place in the early 1870s in New York City. Explain why the story could not have taken place in any other setting--both time period and location.

Essay Topic 3

Why is Ellen's arrival into the scene so controversial? Why does she make the others so uncomfortable?

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