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. Why is Hannah skeptical of Bernard's conclusion regarding Byron's duel with Chater?

2. What book is Byron mentioned as the author of?

3. Lady Croom believes Thomasina has _______________________.

4. Chater accuses Septimus of __________________-.

5. Thomasina describes the hermit in her drawing to _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Lady Croom suddenly interested in the piano?

3. Describe Thomasina's character.

4. What is Bernard's attitude about teaching?

5. How does Septimus manage to placate Lady Croom about his own behavior?

6. Explain Chloe's theory that sex thwarts the deterministic universe.

7. How does Septimus avoid a duel with Chater?

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

9. How does Lady Croom's interpretation of "Et in Arcadia ego!" differ from Septimus'?

10. What question does Bernard repeatedly ask throughout his reading?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Stoppard use time to develop his message in "Arcadia?" Write an essay in which you determine and support Stoppard's message about time, using specific references to the author's mention and manipulation of time in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the title "Arcadia," and Septimus' translation "Even in Arcadia, there am I," implying that death is present even in any idyllic setting. In what ways is Sidley Park a seemingly idyllic setting, and how does Septimus' translation impact that idea? Write an essay in which you explore both ideas, using examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the motifs of free will and determination in the play. Write an essay in which you explain the characters' views on both motifs, and how these motifs contribute to Stoppard's message in the play. Use specific examples of dialogue to support your ideas about the characters' views.

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