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. Why does Seth rush off?

2. To whom does Flora feel a need to speak?

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

4. What does Flora think is going on with Richard's mother?

5. What does Flora do with the help of Mrs. Beetle?

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 the parallel between Flora and Mr. Neck?

3. What does Flora ask Aunt Ada Doom about Flora's father and what is the answer?

4. What is the significance of the sukebind?

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

6. What do you think is the symbolic meaning of Flora having the sukebind removed?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are a number of themes in this novel, one of the most pervasive is that of Cold Comfort Farm being cursed. Discuss the following:

1. How is Cold Comfort Farm cursed? Give examples

2. Do you think the farm is truly cursed? If not, what other reasons might there be that the farm does not prosper as it could?

3. How is the "curse" lifted? Will it stay that way do you think? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Wrapping it up: Though COLD COMFORT FARM is a parody of another type of genre, its characters are endearing and memorable and much of what happens to the characters is not entirely in the realm of improbability. Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Discuss the tradition of storytelling and how it is used in this novel.

2. Each person in this novel, and in "real" life has his or her own "story." Choose three characters and briefly tell his or her "story" from a different perspective than that which is shown in the book.

3. Stories can be classified in various ways--"tall tales" are obviously not meant to be believed as having actually occurred. Factual stories supposedly tell something exactly as it truly happened. Many stories are a mixture of fact and fiction. Choose four of the stories in this book and analyze them as to their seeming veracity, their purpose, and how they add to the plot and major themes.

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