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. What decision does Newland make regarding his travel plans?

2. Who is having dinner with Mrs. Archer, Janey, Newland and May?

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

4. Who does Mr. Jackson insinuate has been supporting Ellen?

5. How did Newland plan to inform May of his plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the family's continuing perception of Ellen?

7. How is Ellen's unconventional behavior ultimately rationalized by friends and family?

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

9. How does Newland determine that he is kept out of many family discussions?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why does Newland think it is critical to announce his and May's engagement at the Beauforts' ball? What has happened to make the timing so critical? Does Ellen agree?

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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