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. How does Robert feel after his duel with Ian?

2. Where is the tassel hanging that Ian shoots off Robert?

3. How does Elizabeth react when she first hears Ian's name?

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

5. While dining with Sir Belhaven, what does Elizabeth claim to want to do with all her money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How doe Elizabeth and Ian Thornton meet?

2. Who raised Elizabeth when she was growing up?

3. How was Ian's family killed?

4. How does Elizabeth trick Sir Frances Belhaven into thinking that she is not marriage material?

5. What fact does Lucinda overhear when she is eavesdropping on Ian's conversations?

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

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

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

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

10. What new things does Elizabeth learn about Ian after they are married?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Robert encounters Elizabeth and Ian in a romantic embrace, he challenges Ian to a duel. First, explain why Robert reacted so violently to his sister's embrace. Then, explain why Robert and Ian were unfortunately matched for the duel. Finally, describe the outcome of the duel, explaining which man was more severely injured, and how.

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

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?

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