Arcadia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Lady Croom claims her garden is currently arranged ______________________.

2. Septimus claims he will not fight Chater because __________________________.

3. Why does Brice want Septimus to accept Chater's challenge?

4. Why does Thomasina hate Cleopatra?

5. Why is Lady Croom vexed with her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Bernard seek at Sidley Park?

2. Why does Bernard cover his face before the photograph is taken for the newspaper?

3. What mistake has Bernard made in researching the letters he found in Byron's book?

4. Describe the relationship between Lady Croom and Thomasina.

5. What does Thomasina's theory about stirring jam into rice pudding represent to her?

6. Why does Thomasina get angry when Septimus translates from Latin?

7. What effect does Hannah's discovery about Chater have on Bernard's article?

8. Why is Hannah interested in the hermit of Sidley Park?

9. Why has Thomasina come to see Septimus in the middle of the night?

10. Why have the Chaters and Captain Brice gone off together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Hannah and Bernard's attitudes towards academic research as they develop throughout the play. You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc. that Hannah and Bernard represent in Stoppard's concept of academia.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motif of fate or determination in the play. Write an essay in which you use examples of seemingly fated or determined events in the play to explain the author's message.

Essay Topic 3

According to Chloe, individual attraction is the one reason why determinism doesn't work as a theory. Consider the events of the play and defend, refute, or quality the accuracy of this sentiment.

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