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 wants the divorce case to be dropped?

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

3. What type of people live in the area where Ellen lives?

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

5. Who do Newland and May visit first on their betrothal visits?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting for the story and the first chapter in particular?

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

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

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

5. How does Ellen exhibit unconventional behavior in public in Chapter 8?

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

7. What legal case is Newland asked to handle in which he feels a conflict of interest?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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