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 do Newland and May do at the beginning of Chapter 10?

2. On what issue does Newland press May?

3. What does Newland send to Ellen?

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

5. What does Newland search for the next morning but cannot find?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ellen show her disdain for her husband?

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

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

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

6. How does Newland maintain a flirtation with Ellen?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Newland's perception of May evolves as he has more exposure to Ellen. How does Newland come to view May during their honeymoon trip? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Newland never break his engagement to May in order to be with Ellen? Is his sense of decorum too strong or is he perhaps afraid of what being with Ellen might actually be like? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What is the van der Lydens' role in New York society? Where do they fit on the class pyramid? Why do they wield so much power?

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