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. At whose home do Newland, May, Mrs. Archer, Janey and Mr. Jackson dine before going to the opera?

2. What mutual confession do Newland and Ellen make?

3. What is Newland's decision about the horse?

4. Why does Ellen not pursue a relationship with Newland?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Newland continue behavior that shows he is still obsessed with Ellen?

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

4. What is Mr. Riviere's opinion about Ellen returning to her husband?

5. What do Newland and Ellen agree to do while they are about to leave the art museum?

6. What is the irony of Newland seeing Mr. Riviere when he returns to New York?

7. How does Newland find Ellen in Boston?

8. What ironic twist occurs just as Newland is about to admit his feelings for Ellen to May?

9. What is the purpose of Newland's being summoned to see Mrs. Mingott?

10. What is the state of Newland and May's marriage and family twenty-five-years after Ellen returns to Europe?

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

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 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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