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

2. Who rules Africa during Act I?

3. During what time period does Act I occur?

4. Why do Maud, Betty, Mrs. Saunders and Victoria wait inside while the men go to the stables?

5. Who is "eroding" the standards of Clive's empire?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why wouldn't Clive believe Edward when he blames Joshua for destroying the doll?

2. Betty's split from Clive leaves everyone in a state of shock. How did others view the marriage of Clive and Betty?

3. Why doesn't Ellen want Betty to run off with Harry?

4. Why does Martin say it's difficult being married to Victoria?

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. Betty claims that Joshua, the servant, is being rude to her. When Clive confronts Joshua, his story is different. Why does Clive believe Joshua over his own wife?

7. What role does Joshua play in this family?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the Betty from Act 1 embracing the Betty from Act 2 an appropriate way to end Cloud 9? Why or why not? What does this embrace symbolize?

Essay Topic 2

At Harry and Ellen's wedding, Clive spoke about marriage to the guests, while Betty discussed marriage to the bride privately. How are their views on marriage different? Why may they have different views?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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