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

2. What false last name does Chloe give Bernard?

3. Thomasina is also upset over _________________________.

4. Why does Thomasina hate Cleopatra?

5. Which character enters and exits without speaking?

Short Essay Questions

1. What major change has occurred since Septimus left the house the previous evening?

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

3. What is Bernard's attitude about teaching?

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

5. Why is Gus considered a genius?

6. What has Hannah found in a letter?

7. What effect does Hannah's discovery about Chater have on Bernard's article?

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

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

10. Why does Bernard cover his face before the photograph is taken for the newspaper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Stoppard's stage directions in Arcadia, specifically his use of one common set to bridge the two eras. Write an essay in which you defend or criticize this storytelling strategy as it relates to his themes.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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