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. When Thomasina asks Septimus about sexual congress, he _________________________.

2. How does Bernard first mislead Hannah?

3. For what reason has Hannah enlisted Valentine in this scene?

4. What sounds end the scene?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes does Noakes propose for the garden?

2. Describe Chloe's relationship with Bernard.

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

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

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

6. What events or ideas contribute to the humorous tone of the first scene?

7. How does Chloe respond to Bernard's reading?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alfred North Whitehead said, "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order." Does change in Stoppard's play indicate progress? Write an essay in which you explore Stoppard's message about change or progress, using specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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

According to Chloe, individual attraction is the one reason why determinism doesn't work as a theory. Consider the events of the play and defend, refute, or quality the accuracy of this sentiment.

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