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

2. After touring the cottage, what opinion does Elizabeth have about Ian?

3. Which of the following activities most interests Sir Belhaven?

4. Who does Elizabeth request to come pick her up early from the excursion?

5. How does Elizabeth react to Ian's confession?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is Sir Frances Belhaven?

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

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

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

9. Who is Lord John Marchman?

10. How doe Elizabeth and Ian Thornton meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elizabeth had many accomplices in her eventful relationship with Ian. Choose two of these characters and describe their roles in ensuring that Ian and Elizabeth end up together. Then, compare / contrast the way they felt about Elizabeth pursuing a man rather than the other way around. Do you think the relationship between Elizabeth and Ian would have survived had it not been for the meddling of these characters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When Ian was on trial for murder, Elizabeth rushed home to be at his side. First, explain how Elizabeth managed to convince the jury of Ian's innocence. Then, explain Ian's reaction to Elizabeth's testimony. How does Ian's reaction to the testimony reflect back to his feelings about his family dog after the house fire? What does this reaction tell the reader about Ian's character?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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