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. Brice claims that as a tutor, Septimus must __________________________.

2. Thomasina is supposed to be studying

3. Why does Thomasina turn to Septimus for answers about sex?

4. According to Lady Croom, who has shot a pigeon?

5. Who seems particularly offended by Septimus' dalliance with Mrs. Chater?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Thomasina come to see Septimus in the middle of the night?

2. Why does Septimus receive a challenge?

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

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

5. Why is Hannah writing about the garden at Sidley Park?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the relationship between Lady Croom and Thomasina.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the research styles of Bernard and Hannah's characters, write an essay in which you determine whether one of them is a more responsible historian than the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motifs of free will and determination in the play. Write an essay in which you explain the characters' views on both motifs, and how these motifs contribute to Stoppard's message in the play. Use specific examples of dialogue to support your ideas about the characters' views.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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