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. What is Valentine studying using his mathematical process?

2. Why is Lady Croom vexed with her husband?

3. Why does Septimus describe Noakes as the serpent in the garden?

4. Why does Septimus finally agree to duel with Chater?

5. Lady Croom wants Septimus to _______________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Valentine's view of Bernard's article.

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

5. Why couldn't Thomasina have carried out her calculations to completion?

6. What is Thomasina's major objection to Cleopatra's obsession with love and sex?

7. Why doesn't Bernard want Hannah to know his real name?

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

9. Why does Thomasina suggest Septimus is churlish with her?

10. What events or ideas contribute to the humorous tone of the first scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

George Jean Nathan once remarked, "Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people." Consider the role of wealth and privilege in Stoppard's play and then defend, refute, or qualify Nathan's quote as it applies to the text.

Essay Topic 3

Considering the research styles of Bernard and Hannah's characters, write an essay in which you determine whether one of them is a more responsible historian than the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

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