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 accompanies Jake into town to find a cook to bring back to the cottage?

2. Who does Ian beat mercilessly in cards at the party where he meets Elizabeth?

3. Who hosts the party where Elizabeth meets Ian Thornton?

4. After re-inviting Elizabeth back into the home after their argument, how does Ian treat her?

5. What is Ian's first impression of Elizabeth at the party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a duenna?

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

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

4. What happens when Elizabeth attempts to make breakfast for the first time?

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

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

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

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

9. Who is Viscount Mondevale?

10. What rumors does Valerie begin to spread about Elizabeth and Ian?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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