The Death of the Heart Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does Portia begin to develop a friendship in chapter 8?

2. What does Mrs. Heccomb think of Eddie?

3. With whom does Portia go on a date in chapter 5?

4. What does Portia now see, as a result of her argument with Eddie?

5. Eddie tells Portia that he will always love her, as long as she doesn't do what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is St. Quentin's words about trust and honor that lead to the conversation which results, ultimately, in the end of Portia and Eddie's relationship. Why might St. Quentin's words have bothered her so much, when none of the other warnings she received had the same effect? Do you think that earlier in the novel, before all of the problems that Portia and Eddie had, that his words would have had the same effect on her? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

A novel has five stages: conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Divide this novel into its component stages. What event ended each stage? Why? How did you determine the division of the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Eddie and Robert Pidgeon. Why does Anna say that neither of them are particularly genuine men? What character flaws do they share? Are there differences between the two? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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