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 false last name does Chloe give Bernard?

2. Lady Croom wants Septimus to _______________________.

3. What sound accompanies the dialogue in parts of the scene?

4. Jellaby arrives to ________________________.

5. Whose poem is Septimus reading?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bernard's attitude about teaching?

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

3. What changes does Noakes propose for the garden?

4. What is the theory of heat exchange discussed in the scene?

5. Why does Bernard leave the party?

6. Why does Bernard cover his face before the photograph is taken for the newspaper?

7. What is Thomasina's major objection to Cleopatra's obsession with love and sex?

8. What question does Bernard repeatedly ask throughout his reading?

9. What has Hannah found in a letter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

George Jean Nathan once remarked, "Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people." Consider the role of wealth and privilege in Stoppard's play and then defend, refute, or qualify Nathan's quote as it applies to the text.

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