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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. How many children does Alice give birth to?

2. What is Nell muttering to herself when Bunty gets home?

3. What kills Ada?

4. At which family member does the baby smile in Chapter Two?

5. What does Nell give Jack when he goes off to war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "improvements" does Rachel make to the Barker family and home after she arrives to help out?

2. What story do they tell Bunty when they get home?

3. What does Ruby witness their last morning on holiday that she probably shouldn't have?

4. How is Bunty treated at Sunday School after missing the outing?

5. What causes Nell to faint in Footnote (ii)?

6. Where does Bunty find the photographic portrait of her grandmother?

7. What happens to Frederick Barker?

8. Why does Ruby resolve to learn to read while at Auntie Babs'?

9. Why has Ruby moved into Gillian's room?

10. Why does it take some time for Ruby's family to realize Bunty is missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Atkinson use time to create her plot: is it strictly linear? How is it manipulated to her advantage? How does this use of time shape characters?

Essay Topic 2

How does the title of the novel, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum," represent the text as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, as she parts from Ruby at the train station, Patricia says, "The past is what you leave behind in life, Ruby," and Ruby answers, "Nonsense, Patricia, the past's what you take with you." Which phillosophy do you think Atkinson believes? Why?

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