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

2. How does Ian react when Elizabeth enters his cabin?

3. During their duel, where does Robert shoot Ian?

4. How does Ian react when Elizabeth and Lucinda unexpectedly arrive?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do Elizabeth and Ian discuss over their first meal together in the cottage?

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

7. Who is Duncan?

8. Who is Lord John Marchman?

9. Why doesn't anyone come to Ian's defense with Lord Everly is accusing him of cheating?

10. What is a duenna?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Havenhurst is a place of extreme sentimental value to Elizabeth. First, describe the setting of Havenhurst. Then, explain why this place has such sentimental value to Elizabeth and what she alters in her marriage contract to ensure that it will always be hers. Finally, explain Ian's reaction to seeing Havenhurst for the first time. What does Ian's reaction tell the reader about this place?

Essay Topic 2

When Ian Thornton is accused of cheating at a card game, Elizabeth immediately jumps to his defense. First, explain why Ian Thornton is accused of cheating at the game. Was Lord Everly telling the truth about Ian, or was he trying to save his own reputation? How can you tell? Then, explain how Elizabeth used her intelligence and wit to save Ian Thornton from a potentially dangerous duel. What was the direct result of Elizabeth meddling in Ian Thornton's life?

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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