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 believes she has made a discovery in ______________.

2. Who enters the scene uninvited?

3. Thomasina is also upset over _________________________.

4. Where are the game books kept?

5. Chater accuses Septimus of __________________-.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What information does Bernard seek at Sidley Park?

5. What is the relationship between Thomasina and Septimus?

6. Why does Valentine suggest Bernard has "bitten" Hannah?

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

8. Why does Thomasina suggest Septimus is churlish with her?

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

10. What changes does Noakes propose for the garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the title "Arcadia," and Septimus' translation "Even in Arcadia, there am I," implying that death is present even in any idyllic setting. In what ways is Sidley Park a seemingly idyllic setting, and how does Septimus' translation impact that idea? Write an essay in which you explore both ideas, using examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the characters of Valentine and Septimus as character foils in Stoppard's play. Write an essay in which you identify their role in drawing out certain features of Hannah and Thomasina respectively.

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