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 the one word Valentine repeats in her first two entrances?

2. At what time has Septimus agreed to duel Chater?

3. What does Septimus agree to at the end of the scene?

4. Jellaby arrives to ________________________.

5. Lady Croom believes Thomasina has _______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Hannah interested in the hermit of Sidley Park?

2. Describe Thomasina's character.

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

4. Why have the Chaters and Captain Brice gone off together?

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

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

7. How does Septimus avoid a duel with Chater?

8. What does Septimus' dialogue reveal about his character?

9. What is Bernard's objection to Valentine's assertion that knowledge is all that matters?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do Stoppard's characters have to say about love and sex in his play? Using any one character's dialogue as support, write an essay in which you identify Stoppard's messages about love and sex.

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

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.

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