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. Why does Mrs. Saunders go outside while the men are in the stables?

2. What does Clive feel is important in life?

3. Who calls Edward names while he is playing with the doll again?

4. Why does Maud quit the second game during the picnic?

5. Where does Clive arrive home from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What view of Edward does his confession to Victoria allow the audience to have?

2. Mrs. Saunders narrowly escapes an attack by the natives. How does this situation make the others in Clive's family feel?

3. Edward made fun of the women for trying to play sports, yet he wasn't much better. Why would he have made fun of them?

4. 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?

5. Clive believes it is unsafe for anyone to leave the house. What does this tell the audience about the environment in which the characters live?

6. Edward quits his job to "keep house" for Victoria and Lin. Is this situation surprising?

7. Describe Maud's personality.

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

9. How does Clive feel that Betty is "eroding" away the standards of his empire?

10. After learning his parents were killed in the village that was destroyed, Joshua says that Clive is both "his mother and his father." What does Joshua mean by this statement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Marriage is a common topic discussed throughout the story. What is the shared feeling about marriage in the story? Why is marriage important to the character development and plot? What marriage appears to be the most stable? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the role of women during the time in Africa with modern day London. How have the roles changed? What could have caused these changes? Are there any ways in which the roles of women have no changed at all?

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