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. What does Newland ask Mrs. Mingott to do?

2. What is the law firm's position on the divorce?

3. What is May's position on the length of their engagement?

4. What does Newland tell Ellen about May?

5. Where does Newland go the next day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Explain Newland and May's betrothal visits.

7. How does Newland maintain a flirtation with Ellen?

8. Why does Newland visit Mrs. Mingott when he returns to New York?

9. What does Ellen decide about her divorce after discussing it with Newland?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the irony of Newland's being asked to discourage Ellen from seeking a divorce. How does he handle the situation at first? What are his true feelings about Ellen's divorce proceedings?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Julius and Regina Beaufort. Why are they considered to be common among those in high class society? Why are they allowed admittance to high class life in New York?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Newland think it is critical to announce his and May's engagement at the Beauforts' ball? What has happened to make the timing so critical? Does Ellen agree?

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