Cloud Nine 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. Who comes looking for Edward outside in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What are Ellen and Betty playing at the picnic?

3. What does Maud feel about children in general?

4. What does Clive find difficult on a daily basis?

5. What does Clive suggest that Edward participate in?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Clive kisses Mrs. Saunders goodbye, Betty attacks her. Why does Betty act this way?

2. Why would Edward not want Clive to hear about the incident with the doll from Ellen?

3. Betty discusses with Martin his marital problems with her daughter,Victoria. Is Betty judgmental about her daughter's current living situation? Give examples to support your answer.

4. Ellen reveals to Clive that Edward has been playing with dolls. How does Clive react to this news? Is his reaction surprising?

5. When Clive returns home, Betty tells him about all the "womanly things" she has done like playing piano and reading poetry. What does Betty's actions tell the reader about the roles of women?

6. What is the significance of the Betty from Act 1 and the Betty from Act 2 embracing at the end of the play?

7. What evidence is provided that Clive and Betty's marriage is in trouble?

8. Martin leaves alone after the ritual. What does this tell the audience about his position in this group?

9. Martin tries to convince Victoria to take a job in another city. What does this tell the audience about Martin as a person?

10. Why would Edward shout at Joshua to obey Betty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Edward. What is his importance in Cloud 9? Did his character develop throughout the story? If so, how? If not, why didn't he?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Mrs. Saunders and Maud. How are they same? How are they different? Provide an event from the story in which they both reacted differently.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the setting of Africa during the time of the British Empire to modern day London. How are the settings similar? How are the settings different? Are the settings appropriate for the storyline that took place within them? Why or why not?

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