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. Thomasina is supposed to be studying

2. Who enters the scene uninvited?

3. Hannah reveals that ___________________________-.

4. In what year does the play begin?

5. When he learns he might find information about Byron, Bernard makes arrangements to _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Lady Croom suddenly interested in the piano?

5. What images has Thomasina captured in her drawing?

6. What are Lady Croom's major concerns for her daughter?

7. Describe Thomasina's character.

8. What comfort does Lady Croom take in her brother's marriage to Mrs. Chater?

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

10. Why does Septimus receive a challenge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Stoppard use time to develop his message in "Arcadia?" Write an essay in which you determine and support Stoppard's message about time, using specific references to the author's mention and manipulation of time in the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc.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

Essay Topic 3

Especially in Act 2, Scene 7, the piano music and steam engine are overheard in the background. Write an essay in which you explore the significance of either one of these sounds to the message of the play as a whole.

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