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. Whose feelings did Portia hurt by not spending enough time with them?

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

3. Why does Eddie tell Portia to go away in chapter 7?

4. How many parties has Portia been to?

5. Why does Major Brutt want to take Portia home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dickie tells Portia that a person's character is what truly matters, and that it will shape his/her destiny. At what other points in the novel is this principle demonstrated? Does it turn out to be accurate? Why or why not? Portia doesn't seem to understand Dickie when he says it; do you think she understands what he meant by the end of the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways did Portia's trip to Waikiki influence her? Were the resulting changes good or bad? How was she different after returning home? Were the results of her new behaviors positive or negative? Was she better off, having had that experience? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

The end of the novel mirrors the beginning; the same characters, and the same dilemmas, but so much has changed. What is different? Why do you think Bowen chose to do this? What significance does it have in terms of the novel as a whole? What message does it send the reader? Do you think Portia's problems will also be cyclical, despite the progress she has made? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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