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 does Mrs. Davilow claim to have learned about Daniels' mother?

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

3. With whom has Gwendolyn come to the city to gamble?

4. Where does Gwendolyn tell her mother that she is going the day after she meets Lydia Glasher?

5. Who is Herr Klesmer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main reason behind Lydia's desire to marry Grandcourt?

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

3. How does Gwendolyn react when she receives her pawned necklace supposedly from Daniel?

4. What does Anna think that her life will be like when Rex is first mentioned in the novel?

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

6. What does the letter that Lydia includes in the package with the diamonds that she sends to Gwendolyn say?

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

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

9. How does Hans Meyrick's family feel about Daniel?

10. For what reason does Daniel visit Grandcourt after he becomes engaged?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Gwendolyn is often described (particularly at the beginning of the novel) as self-centered and spoiled. In contrast, write a well-reasoned paper that discusses 1) how those traits are actually positives in Gwendolyn's character and 2) how those traits would be viewed more as positives if Gwendolyn were a man. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Gwendolyn comments that she does not want to continue tutoring her younger sister because she is ignorant. Write a well-reasoned essay that discusses 1) which character from the text is the most ignorant; 2) what evidence from the text supports your choice; and 3) two literary devices that Eliot uses to convey that character's ignorance to the reader.

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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