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. Which character enters and exits without speaking?

2. Lady Croom wants Septimus to _______________________.

3. What does Septimus agree to at the end of the scene?

4. Why does Septimus finally agree to duel with Chater?

5. What mathematical advantage does Valentine have over Thomasina?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Septimus' dialogue reveal about his character?

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

4. Why doesn't Bernard want Hannah to know his real name?

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

6. Describe Chater's character.

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

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

9. Why does Septimus receive a challenge?

10. What details of the duel does Septimus agree to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do Stoppard's characters have to say about love and sex in his play? Using any one character's dialogue as support, write an essay in which you identify Stoppard's messages about love and sex.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Stoppard's stage directions in Arcadia, specifically his use of one common set to bridge the two eras. Write an essay in which you defend or criticize this storytelling strategy as it relates to his themes.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Hannah and Bernard's attitudes towards academic research as they develop throughout the play. You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc. that Hannah and Bernard represent in Stoppard's concept of academia.

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