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 pressure May to do?

2. For what reason does Newland approve of the divorce?

3. What is the event that occurs in Chapter 3?

4. What does Newland think of his fiancee, May Welland?

5. Where does Newland go at the beginning of Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Newland and May's betrothal visits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

What does Newland consider his role to be as May's new husband? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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