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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 is the name of Cressida's third husband?
2. Who is Jerome Brown?
3. Who is the primary provider during Cressida's first marriage?
4. How does Cressida think her sisters view her?
5. The fact that Cressida's third marriage is mentioned in passing, but not elaborated upon may be an example of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How might Cressida's death on the Titanic be symbolic of her life?
2. When Carrie mentions Cressida's engagement, what is Cressida's response?
3. Describe Cressida's traveling companions.
4. Do you believe that Cressida's family would have been happy just to have Cressida's love and good wishes rather than her money?
5. Who is not traveling with Cressida and what is one possible explanation for that?
6. What happens that causes Cressida to become flustered?
7. How does Carrie evaluate Jerome's effect on Cressida? Carrie uses the word "rapacious" to describe his actions, what does this word mean in the context of Jerome Brown as a financier?
8. Describe a little about the relationship between Cressida and her two sisters.
9. As time passes, he appears that Bouchalka has no ambition and has not done any composing for quite some time. What is a possible reason for this?
10. Describe Carrie's trip to the docks to hear the reading of the names of the survivors from the Titanic.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
For much of Cressida's professional life, she is on top of the game. She is often chosen for a part over other better singers because of her vitality and sureness. In the latter part of her life, her energy flags as does her career. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:
1. Why do you think Cressida is more successful when she enjoys her singing as opposed to when she has to sing to earn money when she is married to her last husband?
2. Do personal relationships impact the quality of output by an artist?
3. How can a personal relationship enhance one's artistic production?
4. Is there anything you feel so passionate about that you think a romantic relationship would hinder? Explain your stance.
Essay Topic 2
An entire section of this story is devoted to an in-depth accounting of Cressida's relationship with Bouchalka, the Bohemian. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:
1. Briefly describe how Cressida meets Bouchalka and the development of their romance.
2. Does Bouchalka seem totally devoted to composing when he is first described? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think Bouchalka lost his motivation to compose once he was no longer "hungry"?
4. Do you think Bouchalka would have continued his career as an excellent composer if he had not become a "kept" man?
Essay Topic 3
Cressida is described by various adjectives throughout the story, as well as through her actions. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:
1. Name three of Cressida's most outstanding characteristics and give an example of it in the story.
2. Is Cressida presented as a well-rounded character? Why or why not? Give examples to support your stance.
3. Would those characteristics thought to be admirable of Cressida in her era still be considered admirable today? Name the characteristics you consider and explain your stance.
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