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 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

Children play a large role in the story Cloud 9. Why is the presence of children significant? How are the children of Victoria and Edward different than Cathy and Tommy? How are they the same? Do any of the other characters have childlike characteristics? If so, who?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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