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 Gus bring Hannah?

2. What does Septimus receive at the beginning of the scene?

3. What is remarkable about Thomasina's math equations?

4. What event is going to occur at Sidley Park?

5. What is Hannah reading at the beginning of the scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What plan of Byron's is objectionable to Lady Croom?

3. Why isn't Septimus bothered by the lost plays of Aeschylus as Thomasina is?

4. What changes does Noakes propose for the garden?

5. What mistake has Bernard made in researching the letters he found in Byron's book?

6. Why is Hannah interested in the hermit of Sidley Park?

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

8. Why does Septimus burn Byron's letter without reading it?

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

10. What has Hannah found in a letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Stoppard's play explores classical and romantic understanding in several situations. Write an essay in which you determine whether Stoppard seems to favor one of these schools of thought over the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

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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