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

2. Which of the following activities most interests Lord Marchman?

3. How does Elizabeth respond when Ian kisses her after their first meal together?

4. How does Robert feel after his duel with Ian?

5. How long is the party where Elizabeth meets Ian meant to last?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Elizabeth constantly chide Ian about his spending habits?

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

3. How doe Elizabeth and Ian Thornton meet?

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

5. What does Duncan tell Ian about Elizabeth's circumstances after she leaves the cottage?

6. What explanation does Robert give to Elizabeth about his disappearance when he returns to Havenhurst?

7. Who is Sir Frances Belhaven?

8. Why is Ian's relationship with his grandfather so strained?

9. How does Elizabeth's friend, Alex, react when Elizabeth's uncle arranges three dates for her with three different suitors?

10. What is a duenna?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The title of the novel, "Almost Heaven" comes up during a conversation in the Epilogue. What was this conversation about? What is the significance of the speaker who utters the words "Almost Heaven"? Based on the context of this conversation, do you find this to be an appropriate title for the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Gossip is used as a way to both ruin and repair Elizabeth's reputation in high society. First, create a list of rumors that are spread about Elizabeth throughout the course of the novel. Then, choose one scene in which gossip is used for good, and one scene in which gossip is used for ill, and compare / contrast the ways this gossip affected Elizabeth's life. What do you think is McNaught's overarching message about gossip in this novel?

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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