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. At what time has Septimus agreed to duel Chater?

2. Where does Septimus place his letter after he has read it?

3. Chloe asks Hannah ___________________________.

4. Why does Valentine suggest Bernard did not receive a reply to his letter from Lord Croom?

5. How does Chloe describe her brother, Gus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Bernard seek at Sidley Park?

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

3. How does Bernard confirm that Byron visited Sidley Park?

4. What is Lady Croom's reason for inviting Septimus to her sitting room?

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

6. Describe Thomasina's character.

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

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

9. What has Hannah found for Bernard?

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

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

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

Traditionally, temperaments that lean toward math and science might be viewed in opposition to those that favor literature and art. Considering the development of ideas surrounding math, science, literature, and art in "Arcadia," write an essay in which you identify Stoppard's message about the significance of any one discipline to our human experience.

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