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. Where do Newland and May spend the summer following their wedding?

2. How does Newland travel to his destination?

3. To what do people point to as the reason for Ellen's improper behavior?

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

5. Where does Newland find Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Newland once again raise May's suspicions about his intentions with Ellen?

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

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

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

5. What was Newland's plan for running away with Ellen?

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

7. What two rumors about Julius Beaufort surface in Chapter 26?

8. What is Newland's reaction when Ellen tells him they cannot run away together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the story, Newland sends flowers to both May and Ellen. What flowers does he send to May? What is their significance? What flowers does he send to Ellen? What is their significance?

Essay Topic 2

The story takes place in the early 1870s in New York City. Explain why the story could not have taken place in any other setting--both time period and location.

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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