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

2. In what city does the story take place?

3. What does Newland pressure May to do?

4. Of what action of Ellen's does Newland approve?

5. What angers Newland when he arrives at the answer to #43?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ironic twist occurs just as Newland is about to admit his feelings for Ellen to May?

2. What deceitful behavior does Newland exhibit in Chapter 22?

3. What is the suspected cause of Mrs. Mingott's stroke?

4. Who is Ellen Olenska?

5. How does the author show that Newland and May are settling into a boring, routine marriage.

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

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

8. How does Newland's sudden change of plans betray his feelings for Ellen?

9. How does Newland continue behavior that shows he is still obsessed with Ellen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Newland choose not to visit Ellen at the end of the story? What is the significance of the blinds on Ellen's apartment shutting as Newland watches the window from below? What is Newland's mood as the story ends?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Mrs. Mingott's role in New York society? What are her eccentricities? Why does she wield so much power?

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