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. How does Bernard first mislead Hannah?

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

3. When Septimus mentions death in Arcadia, Thomasina responds ____________________.

4. Thomasina is also upset over _________________________.

5. Septimus claims he will not fight Chater because __________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Augustus return to Septimus at the end of Thomasina's lesson?

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

4. Why isn't Hannah interested in listening to Bernard read his article?

5. How does Septimus manage to placate Lady Croom about his own behavior?

6. Why does Septimus receive a challenge?

7. What is the relationship between Thomasina and Septimus?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What forms of deception take place in Stoppard's play? Using examples of deception from the play, write an essay in determine the effect deception has on people, events, and ideas in Sidley Park.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates said, "The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." Consider the concept of honor or honorable behavior in Stoppard's play, and write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Socrates' quote, using evidence from the play to support your argument.

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