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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 does Clive send for after settling Betty's situation?

2. After Mrs. Saunders arrives, what do Clive and Joshua go outside to do?

3. What does Mrs. Saunders tell Clive about Joshua's family?

4. After Edward is scolded for playing with the doll, why does Ellen burst into tears?

5. During the dispute about Edward's doll, who does Maud slap?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act I, Scene 1, Harry introduces the reader to his family. Describe Harry's family.

2. In this Act 2 Scene 4, several characters from Act 1 have resurfaced. What is the significance of this?

3. Why would Edward lie about Joshua stealing Ellen's necklace when he had it all along?

4. Edward orders the women to stop playing catch. He believes that they are awful because they are women. How does this reflect the view on women during the time this play is occurring?

5. Mrs. Saunders asks Joshua, if his "arm aches and whether he minds beating his own people." What does this comment imply about Mrs. Saunders' opinion on Joshua?

6. At the end of the Act, Joshua points a gun at Clive and Edward stands by and does nothing. What do these events signify?

7. How does Clive describe the life he has?

8. Has the value in marriage changed over 100 years, from Act 1 to Act 2? Give evidence to support your answer.

9. Betty proposes the idea of buying a large house for everyone to live in. What is the purpose of Betty wanting to do this?

10. Harry confesses his passion for Betty when Clive is securing the barn. What does this tell you about Harry's value for friendship?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Loyalties are demonstrated between Joshua and Clive and Edward and Victoria, while it is missing in many of the other relationships. What role did the concept of loyalty have in the novel? What did the lack of loyalty contribute to the story line? Would the story have changed if there were more loyalties amongst the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Time and age are dominant concepts in Cloud 9. Time passes quickly, while the characters age slowly. What is the significance of time in Cloud 9? Why is the mentioning of time and age important? What is the significance of younger characters appearing to the older ones throughout the story?

Essay Topic 3

Is Cloud 9 an appropriate title for the story? Why or why not? Why do you believe the author would have chosen this title? Based on the storyline, what would you have named the story if you could change it? Why?

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