Cold Comfort Farm Test | Final Test - Hard

Stella Gibbons
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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 plans to motor down to Cold Comfort Farm in the next couple days?

2. Who does Reuben settle upon for marriage?

3. What does Aunt Ada Doom out the window?

4. Of what does the atmosphere in the family gathering remind Flora?

5. Who is next on Flora's agenda to be fixed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Aunt Ada Doom's manipulative efforts symbolic of the change that is occurring to the Starkadder clan?

2. Do you think Aunt Ada Doom is "doomed" to misery?

3. What actually produces an emotional response from Flora (as opposed to her usual practical nature) and how does Flora deal with the situation?

4. What fairy tale does Elfine's debut at the dance seem most like?

5. How do you think Flora is feeling by the end of the wedding?

6. What is the parallel between Flora and Mr. Neck?

7. What is ironic about the scene with Urk and Miriam?

8. What convinces Flora that there is more to Seth than meets the eye and what does it seem she will do about him?

9. What does Harkaway tell Flora and what is her response?

10. What does Dr. Mudel suggest to "fix" Judith Starkadder and what do you think is Judith's fixation that is causing problems?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 11, we first see the idea of the Pygmalion effect (or the Rosenthal effect). Discuss the following?

1. Who is Pygmalion in Greek Legend?

2. What is the Pygmalion effect (or sometimes called the Rosenthal effect)? What does this psychological phenomenon have to do with the Pygmalion of Greek myth?

3. Discuss Seth and Elfine and how the Pygmalion effect is relevant to their lives.

Essay Topic 2

COLD COMFORT FARM is a parody of late eighteenth/early nineteenth century naturalism literature, such as novels by D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy. Discuss the following:

1. What is the definition of naturalism literature? Give several examples.

2. How does this novel parody naturalism literature?

3. Do you think this is an effective parody? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Comedy is often a part of a parody or satire. Chapter 8 is probably one of the most comedic scenes in the novel. Discuss the following:

1. Who is the Church of the Quivering Brethren? Do you think this church is parodying a "real-life" religion? Which one(s)? Why? Give examples.

2. What does the scene in the church add to the parody as a whole? Is this scene necessary to the storyline? Why or why not?

3. Why do you think comedy often is an integral part of a parody or satire? What purpose does it serve? Is the comedic scene at the Church of the Quivering Brethren successful as comedy? Why or why not?

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