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. After attempting to make breakfast for Ian, what does Elizabeth realize about herself?

2. Why does Lucinda think Ian is the grandson of the Duke of Stanhope?

3. Which word is used to describe Ian on the day when Elizabeth meets him for the first time?

4. Why doesn't Elizabeth leave the party with her traveling group?

5. After breakfast with Ian, where does Elizabeth run to cry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Jake and Lucinda abandon Elizabeth and Ian at the cottage?

2. What is a duenna?

3. Why does Lord Everly accuse Ian of cheating?

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

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

6. What problem arises when Ian and his friend Jake arrive at the house in Scotland?

7. Who is Viscount Mondevale?

8. What happens during the duel between Ian and Robert?

9. How does Lord John Marchman react to Elizabeth after their first date together?

10. Why does Elizabeth's family decide that it is time for her to be married?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ian's relationship with his grandfather, the Duke of Stanhope, is a strained one. First, explain what Ian's relationship with his grandfather was like before he met Elizabeth. Then, compare / contrast that the relationship he had with his grandfather after he met Elizabeth. What was the catalyst to the change in this relationship? By the end of the novel, do you think Ian regrets reaching out to his grandfather again? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When Elizabeth is first being courted by her suitors, she alters much about herself in order to attract a wealthy mate. First, explain what Elizabeth changed or hid about herself in order to attract men. Why did Elizabeth feel that she could not show her true self in the quest for love? How did the men react to this altered version of Elizabeth's character? How does Elizabeth's alterations directly represent the role of women during this time in high society?

Essay Topic 3

After Elizabeth saves Ian Thornton from a potential duel with Lord Everly, she meets him outside the party, alone. First, explain how Ian Thornton reacts to Elizabeth's feminine charms at the party. Then, explain how Elizabeth responds to Ian's proposals. Finally, compare / contrast Elizabeth's external and internal feelings about Ian Thornton. How does she represent her feelings for him, and how do these representations compare / contrast with her internal, private feelings about him?

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