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

2. Septimus compares Thomasina's rice pudding analogy to _____________________________.

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

4. Thomasina is ___________________.

5. Why is Hannah at Sidley Park?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "compact" has Septimus made with Thomasina in the hermitage?

2. Explain Chloe's theory that sex thwarts the deterministic universe.

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

4. Describe Chloe's relationship with Bernard.

5. What events does Lady Croom relate about the previous evening?

6. What does Hannah plan to do about her discovery?

7. What occurs between Hannah and Gus at the end of the scene?

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

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

10. How does Septimus avoid a duel with Chater?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A man is related to all nature." Considering the descriptions of the garden before and after its transformation, write an essay in which you consider how man's experience or progress is reflected in the nature at Sidley Park. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc.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