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. Who sends Anna the bouquet of pink carnations?

2. What does Anna say in her letter to Eddie?

3. How many letters does Portia receive in her first week at Waikiki?

4. Why does Portia refuse to go home after her breakup with Eddie?

5. Who tells Portia that they will be sorry to see her go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eddie established himself as the villain of the story; once Eddie was gone, in many ways, Major Brutt took his place as Portia's confidante and friend. Contrast these two characters. What did Portia learn from each of them? Who had more of an influence on her, for better or worse? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Bowen utilizes foreshadowing throughout the novel; for example, in the warnings Portia received from others regarding her relationship with Eddie. How effective is Bowen's use of foreshadowing? Are there any other literary devices that would have been as effective in these situations? If so, what are they? Was the foreshadowing too obvious, or was it an effective tool for storytelling? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Portia had many men in her life, all of whom influenced her in some way. Choose one of these men, who you think had the biggest influence on Portia's character and the course of her life. Why was this man so important? What did he teach Portia? Did his influence make her life better or worse? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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