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 does Bernard say Hannah is lacking?

2. Who is Lady Croom in love with, according to Thomasina?

3. Jellaby arrives to ________________________.

4. What does Chloe claim is true of her brother?

5. Thomasina believes she has made a discovery in ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What, according to Valentine, is iteration?

3. How does Septimus avoid a duel with Chater?

4. Describe Thomasina's character.

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

6. Why is Gus considered a genius?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the characters of Valentine and Septimus as character foils in Stoppard's play. Write an essay in which you identify their role in drawing out certain features of Hannah and Thomasina respectively.

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

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.

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