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 Sadlier call the Seymour paintings in Cumberland's gallery?

2. What musical instrument is Charles' book about?

3. Which part of the library does Philip search for old books?

4. Where does Philip work?

5. What was the name of Seymour's assistant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Harriet and Sarah discuss at Sarah's house?

2. How does Charles ease Harriet's mind?

3. Why does Harriet want to go to the art gallery?

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

5. What does the elderly man say to Charles on the phone?

6. How does Charles find the original owner of the Chatterton portrait?

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

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

9. What does Edward think about Charles' portrait?

10. Why does Charles hesitate about accepting Harriet's proposal to write her memoirs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the main turning points of the novel? How does Ackroyd develop his story to get to each turning point? What happens to the story after a major turning point?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the characters in the novel and discuss how he or she would cope in two of the following scenarios:

1. The police come and arrest the character for forgery.

2. The character's closest friend dies.

3. The character is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

4. The character's work becomes world renowned.

5. The character is faced with bankruptcy.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1990s? How does the author express these concerns?

2) How would the author have to change the novel if it were set in today's society?

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