Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cupboard Test | Final 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. Who is Mrs. Hudson?

2. How does Rosie keep in touch with Blackstable?

3. What does Ted publish?

4. With what motif is William's old room decorated?

5. Who attends Ted and Rosie's parties who helps propel artists to fame?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does William say about Rosie's affairs and what are Amy and Roy's response?

2. What is Rosie's response to William's sulkiness about Kuyper and other men?

3. Describe the Driffields's neighborhood and home.

4. Describe Isabel Trafford.

5. Why does Ted buy the house he buys and what does Amy do despite Ted fighting her about it?

6. How does William describe his visit to his former quarters and his landlady, Mrs. Hudson?

7. What are a couple things William discovers about Rosie?

8. How does William re-connect with the Driffields?

9. What is said about Rosie as William, Amy and Roy look at photographs?

10. Who are a couple other regulars at the Driffields' parties?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Cakes and Ale based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Cakes and Ale is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Cakes and Ale may be based upon a real-life experience of the author changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Three of the prominent characters are writers. They are Ted Driffield, William Ashshenden and Roy Kear. Each one feels differently about his art. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast Ted as an artist to William as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Or are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse"? Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

2. Compare and contrast Ted as an artist to Roy as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse?" Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

3. Compare and contrast William as an artist to Roy as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Or are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse?" Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Rosie Driffield is a person and idea that weaves itself throughout the entire narrative. One might even say that the book is about Rosie rather than Ted or any other character. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss Rosie's character. What are her strengths and weaknesses? Is she presented as a well-rounded or flat character? What is she passionate about? Is she passionate about anything? Is she honest and sincere? Is this a woman that men and maybe some women would die for? Why or why not?

2. Does Rosie change from when she is revealed as a young woman to when she is older and William writes about meeting her again in New York? How is she the same? How is she different?

3. Rosie ignores the rather strict conventions of her day for women. She neither feels bound by convention nor feels the need to flaunt her behavior. Research and state the beliefs about women and expectations of behavior for women of this late Victorian era. How does Rosie fit or break those beliefs/expectations? Give specific examples.

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