Almost Heaven Test | Final 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 does Ian insult, scaring the man away from Elizabeth for the duration of the ball at his home?

2. Upon returning home with her new husband, what is the first question that crosses Elizabeth's mind?

3. Traditionally, who are the first people to retire after a wedding ceremony?

4. After arriving to Ian's house, what does Elizabeth promise to teach Ian to do?

5. Where does Elizabeth discover Ian's childhood treasure box?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elizabeth discover hidden in a tree house near Ian's cottage?

2. What is Elizabeth's initial reaction to Montmayne?

3. Who demands that Elizabeth leave Ian's cottage and return to Havenhurst at once?

4. Why does Ian offer to buy Elizabeth's uncle's house?

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

6. How does Elizabeth feel about shopping at the town markets?

7. How does Ian react when he sees Havenhurst for the first time?

8. What does Elizabeth's private investigator report to her on the morning of her wedding?

9. What does Ian realize he must do if he wants to marry Elizabeth?

10. How does Ian convince Elizabeth's family to let him marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gambling had a large effect on the Cameron family's life. First, describe Elizabeth's father's gambling habit and the way it affected his family's life. Then, compare / contrast the gambling habits of Elizabeth's father and her brother. What is the same about their habits? What is different? Finally, explain how Elizabeth's father's gambling habits affected his family even long after his death.

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

Ian's relationship with his grandfather, the Duke of Stanhope, is a strained one. First, explain what Ian's relationship with his grandfather was like before he met Elizabeth. Then, compare / contrast that the relationship he had with his grandfather after he met Elizabeth. What was the catalyst to the change in this relationship? By the end of the novel, do you think Ian regrets reaching out to his grandfather again? Why or why not?

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