Almost Heaven Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Judith McNaught
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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 was primarily in charge of raising Elizabeth when she was a young girl?

2. Which of the following activities does Elizabeth abstain from while fighting with Ian?

3. Who is Lucinda?

4. What do Elizabeth's friends dare her to do when she meets Ian?

5. How is Ian related to the town vicar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Elizabeth and Ian discuss over their first meal together in the cottage?

2. Why do Elizabeth and Lucinda unexpectedly arrive at the cottage in Scotland?

3. Why doesn't Elizabeth think that Ian will be waiting for her at the cottage?

4. How does Ian realize that Elizabeth didn't set him up in the greenhouse, but someone else did?

5. Why does Elizabeth think that Valerie tricked her into meeting Ian at the greenhouse?

6. Why does Lord Everly accuse Ian of cheating?

7. Why is Elizabeth in danger of losing her home?

8. Who raised Elizabeth when she was growing up?

9. Why does Elizabeth run away from Ian after their meal at the cottage?

10. How does Sir Frances Belhaven respond to Elizabeth after their first date?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Elizabeth finds herself frequently confused about her feelings about Ian. Choose two examples of scenes in which Elizabeth is confused about her feelings. What prompts the confusion in each of these scenes? How does Elizabeth get to the bottom of her feelings and desires? What message do you think McNaught is attempting to give the readers about the mentality of women at the time in which this novel is set? Do you agree with this message? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When Ian Thornton is accused of cheating at a card game, Elizabeth immediately jumps to his defense. First, explain why Ian Thornton is accused of cheating at the game. Was Lord Everly telling the truth about Ian, or was he trying to save his own reputation? How can you tell? Then, explain how Elizabeth used her intelligence and wit to save Ian Thornton from a potentially dangerous duel. What was the direct result of Elizabeth meddling in Ian Thornton's life?

Essay Topic 3

Letter writing is a crucial element to communication, and mis-communication, throughout this novel of high jinks. Choose one incident when letter writing was used as a method of confusion. Then, compare / contrast that to an instance with letter writing was used as a method of clarification. Do you think this novel could have proceeded if there were more methods of communication available, such as telephones or emails? Why or why not?

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