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. Whose poem is Septimus reading?

2. Lady Croom has to ask her daughter for _____________.

3. Why does Thomasina turn to Septimus for answers about sex?

4. What has Valentine's mother loaned Bernard?

5. For what reason has Hannah enlisted Valentine in this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example of dramatic irony occurs between Septimus and Thomasina?

2. What, according to Valentine, is iteration?

3. What comfort does Lady Croom take in her brother's marriage to Mrs. Chater?

4. How does Chloe respond to Bernard's reading?

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

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

7. Why is Hannah writing about the garden at Sidley Park?

8. What are Lady Croom's major concerns for her daughter?

9. What is the theory of heat exchange discussed in the scene?

10. Why does Bernard leave the party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates said, "The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." Consider the concept of honor or honorable behavior in Stoppard's play, and write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Socrates' quote, using evidence from the play to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Stoppard's play explores classical and romantic understanding in several situations. Write an essay in which you determine whether Stoppard seems to favor one of these schools of thought over the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

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