Arcadia Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hannah, how is the study of history like science?

2. What is the only science God has seen fit to bestow on man, according to Septimus?

3. Bernard calls Hannah's first book _________________.

4. What does Bernard learn about his theory of Byron and the supposed duel with Chater?

5. Who does Thomasina claim she will marry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stoppard's play explores classical and romantic understanding in several situations. Write an essay in which you determine whether Stoppard seems to favor one of these schools of thought over the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 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 You may consider the extent of knowledge, interaction with historical documents, value of historical research, etc.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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