Daniel Deronda 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. What item greatly upsets Gwendolyn at her first dinner at home with her new husband?

2. What worry does Mrs. Gascoigne have about Gwendolyn when she first comes to town?

3. What causes Gwendolyn's winning gambling streak to end when the novel first opens?

4. Why does Daniel find his mission of pawning a ring to Ezra unsatisfactory?

5. How does Gwendolyn sell her necklace the morning that she leaves the gambling town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gwendolyn react when she enters her family's new rented house in Offendene?

2. What are the two reasons that Gwendolyn regrets losing her money gambling?

3. How does Mirah Lapidoth introduce herself to Mrs. Meyrick?

4. What happens when Rex tries to go hunting with Gwendolyn?

5. Why is Mr. Lush against the idea of marriage between Gwendolyn and Grandcourt?

6. Why is Anna a little disappointed to hear of Gwendolyn's engagement?

7. What does the letter that Gwendolyn receives on the night she gambles say?

8. What does Grandcourt think that he needs to do in order to gain Gwendolyn's forgiveness as he learns that Gwendolyn has left town before he has had the opportunity to propose?

9. How does Rex react to Gwendolyn's rebuff of his confession of love?

10. How does Lydia react when Grandcourt asks her to return his diamonds?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gwendolyn has a pattern of convincing herself out of responsibility for certain actions, as well from choices she makes that have negative or harsh consequences. Given that pattern of hers, discuss why Gwendolyn is actually completely at fault for Grandcourt's death, using the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, some characters are (1) admired but not respected, (2) respected but not admired, and (3) admired and respected. Select one character who in your opinion fits each description, and using supporting text from the book, write an essay stating who admires and/or respects them and why.

Essay Topic 3

Using supporting text from the book, write a well-reasoned essay discussing whether the character of Gwendolyn is capable of loving anyone.

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