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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. Bridget's ruined vacation with Daniel is symbolic of what?

2. Daniel tends to put Bridget down a lot. Why does he do it?

3. Magda's complaints about her relationship with Jeremy are very similar to ___________ complaints about _______________.

4. Which activity is NOT a part of Daniel's Sunday ritual?

5. What changes does Bridget notice in her mum at the beginning of March?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the changes in Bridget's relationship with Daniel that take place in May.

2. Describe Mark Darcy's treatment of Bridget at the Tarts and Vicars party in July.

3. Does email help or hurt Bridget and Daniel's office flirtations in January?

4. Which of the following is the reason for Bridget's successful year: Self-improvement or self-acceptance?

5. Why might the author create conflict in Magda and Jeremy's marriage?

6. Is Bridget's preparation for her August job interview uncharacteristic of the Bridget presented so far in the book?

7. What reason might Bridget have for not looking for a new job in April?

8. September begins with Bridget's mum calling to talk about the Darcys' ruby anniversary party. Why is Bridget's mum so obsessed with the idea of Bridget dating Mark Darcy?

9. August is a month of multiple crises for Bridget. What positive things happen to Bridget that might help her achieve some of the things on her list of New Year's resolutions?

10. Identify the climax of the book.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In April, Bridget and Jude briefly discuss Zen philosophy as a way to have "inner poise" and overcome obstacles. Bridget writes that if you are Zen, "instead of straining or becoming angry you should just relax and feel your way into the Flow and everything will work out."

Which of Bridget's character traits are at odds with the idea of Zen? How might those traits work against her?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of "Bridget Jones's Diary," Bridget compiles two lists of New Year's resolutions. The lists represent things Bridget will and will not do in the upcoming year. The author uses the lists as a device to introduce literary elements to the reader in an interesting way.

How are each of the following elements introduced in Bridget's list? Remember to provide examples in your answers.

1) Genre.

2) Mood.

3) Point of view.

4) Character.

5) Theme(s).

Essay Topic 3

Defend Mark Darcy as the author's choice for Bridget's perfect boyfriend. How does the reader know what Bridget is looking for in a relationship? What are her expectations? How does the reader know that Mark meets these expectations? Use evidence from Bridget's relationship with Daniel, Bridget's resolutions lists, and Bridget's interactions with Mark to build your case.

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