Chatterton 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. What does Charles have to confirm to the old gentleman that he does not have?

2. Who does Harriet ask to write her memoirs?

3. What is Harriet's parrot holding in its beak?

4. What musical instrument is Charles' book about?

5. What kind of school does Chatterton say he was put into?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Charles not take money for the books?

2. Why is Charles happy that Chatterton's handwriting looks like it was written between 1790 and 1830?

3. Why does Mary refuse to write Harriet's memoirs?

4. Describe Pat.

5. What happens to Charles the following morning?

6. What inspired Chatterton to write?

7. Why does Pat give away the painting?

8. Why does Harriet fear her memories?

9. What is special about St. Mary Redcliffe Church?

10. How does Charles ease Harriet's mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the main characters, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the characters alive at the end of the book. Compare his or her character to who he or she was at the beginning of the book to who he or she is at the end.

1) What did your character hope to achieve at the beginning of the book?

2) What events changed your character ideas about life?

3) How has your character changed by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. How does the author use all these elements to create a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

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