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 piece of gossip does Thomasina mention to Septimus?

2. What does Brice say of Septimus with regard to their duel?

3. Lady Croom believes Thomasina has _______________________.

4. Thomasina delivers a letter from ________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Septimus burn Byron's letter without reading it?

2. What has Hannah found in a letter?

3. What details of the duel does Septimus agree to?

4. Describe Chloe's relationship with Bernard.

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

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

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

8. What information does Bernard seek at Sidley Park?

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

10. Why does Bernard leave the party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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 You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc.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.

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