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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. What does Aunt Ada Doom keep thinking?
2. What does Adam do?
3. Why does Rennett cry?
4. What romance seems to be suddenly blooming?
5. Who leaves the group?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do you think the situation with Flora and the bull is symbolic of Flora with the lives of the Starkadders?
2. What is ironic about the scene with Urk and Miriam?
3. What is the significance of the sukebind?
4. What might be the symbolizes of the lights being on when Seth, Elfine and Flora return to Cold Comfort Farm from the ball?
5. What is the parallel between Flora and Mr. Neck?
6. What do you think is the symbolic meaning of Flora having the sukebind removed?
7. What actually produces an emotional response from Flora (as opposed to her usual practical nature) and how does Flora deal with the situation?
8. What does Flora give Elfine to help her and do you think it will?
9. How do you think Flora is feeling by the end of the wedding?
10. What does Harkaway tell Flora and what is her response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Just as COLD COMFORT FARM is a parody of naturalistic literature, so Mr. "Mybug" (Meyerburg) is a parody of the smug literary writer. Discuss the following:
1. Discuss Mr. "Mybug's" character fully. Is he a likeable character? A sympathetic character? Does he change?
2. How do you think Meyerburg's discussion of sexuality in nature adds to the novel as a parody of naturalism in literature? Discuss specific examples.
3. What do you think of Mr. Meyerburg's thesis about Branwell Bronte? Do you think there is any validity to his assertions? Why or why not? (This may require a little research into the Bronte family).
4. Does Meyerburg's literary aspirations create more or less respect for him as a character? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
In response to her new living situation after the death of her parents, Flora decides to stay with members of her family and then eventually get married. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think Flora plans to eventually marry? What are her motives for this decision?
2. As Flora discusses her marriage plans for the future in chapter one, do you think she is planning to marry for love? Why or why not? What about at the end of the novel?
3. Why do you think marriage is one of the best (or one of the few) options for women in 1930s England?
Essay Topic 3
The setting for this novel is primarily around Sussex, England, in the 1930s. Discuss the following:
1. Research the setting of Sussex and write a brief description of the area, its climate, the primary means of livelihood, and its location within the island of Britain.
2. Do you think Sussex is a good choice for the setting of this novel? Why or why not?
4. How different do you think the Sussex of the 1930's is from the Sussex of today? Explain some differences and similarities.
5. Examine three scenes in the novel and explain how the setting influences what happens in the action of those scenes.
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