The Age of Innocence Test | Final 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 is having dinner with Mrs. Archer, Janey, Newland and May?

2. What is the occasion of the first big event hosted at Newland and May's home?

3. What is the content of a message Newland receives from May?

4. What does Newland hear about the business trip the next day at the office?

5. Ellen did not announce her intention to return to Europe until ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What event occurs to alter Newland's Washington travel plans?

2. How does Newland miss an opportunity to talk to Ellen while at Newport?

3. How does Newland respond while traveling in Europe and receiving an invitation to visit Ellen at her home?

4. What is the news that finally thwarts Newland and Ellen's ever being together?

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

6. What is Newland's plan in spite of a big going away party for Ellen?

7. What topic of conversation do Newland and Ellen inevitably discuss?

8. Explain the nature of Newland's growing disappointment with his new wife.

9. What happens when Newland picks up Ellen at the train station?

10. Why is May hesitant about attending a dinner party while on the honeymoon trip in Europe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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