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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. Who are two relatives accompanying the famous singer?

2. How does Cressida explain her upcoming marriage to Carrie?

3. Why do Cressida's sisters believe Poppas remains in Cressida's life?

4. What statement is true concerning Poppas and Cressida?

5. Who knows Cressida more than any other person?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene when Cressida discovers Bouchalka in a compromising situation. Do you think she was wise to divorce him?

2. Who is not traveling with Cressida and what is one possible explanation for that?

3. Cressida makes the following comment when talking about Jerome to Carrie: "'Why is it? I have never cared about money, except to make people happy with it, and it has been the curse of my life. It has spoiled all my relations with people.'" Why do you think that if Cressida realizes that this statement is true, she continues to support her family and husbands?

4. When Carrie mentions Cressida's engagement, what is Cressida's response?

5. What is one possible explanation of the perfunctory greeting from Horace and Miss Julia to Carrie?

6. What does the violin player do after his first number?

7. What does the narrator say about Poppas's talents?

8. Give some examples that show how generous Cressida is with her time and money to those around her. Is generosity always a good thing?

9. How does Carrie describe Cressida's older brother and what do you think is the tone of that description?

10. Why do you think the sisters seem to tolerate Poppas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 4, when Carrie writes about Cressida being lost on the Titanic, Carrie explains that one reason Cressida waited to sail on the Titanic instead of returning a week earlier with Poppas and Horace is for the exposure to the press she would receive. Carrie writes that Cressida "believed that all advertising was good." Choose one of the following topics and write a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:

1. Compare and contrast how advertising is used today versus how it is used in the era of the Titanic's sinking.

2. Discuss the various goals of advertising and some means advertiser use to obtain those goals.

3. Should advertisers be regulated by the government? Why or why not? Use explicit examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator, Carrie, is also one of the executors of Cressida's will. She describes a series of letters which Cressida's family produces to argue that Poppas should not receive his 50,000 dollar bequest. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:

1. Describe the content of each letter mentioned.

2. If you were Carrie, what would you think of these letters?

3. Would you feel the letters justifies not awarding the bequest to Poppas?

4. Would you want others to see letters such as these that were about you and your relationship to a generous relative?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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