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 Newland and May visit first on their betrothal visits?

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

3. What does Ellen say she will gain through the divorce?

4. What does Ellen do when Newland asks her to stop the divorce petition?

5. What does Ellen tell Newland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain Newland and May's betrothal visits.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Explain the courtship, engagement and wedding rules of high society during the late Nineteenth Century. Which rule does Newland lobby to break and why?

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