The Diamond Mine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Cressida ask Carrie if she has visited lately?

2. How does Cressida think her sisters view her?

3. How does Cressida explain her melancholy to Carrie?

4. Cressida's relationship with Poppas had potential for _______________.

5. Who is Jerome Brown?

Short Essay Questions

1. How well does Poppas know and understand Cressida?

2. 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?

3. Could Cressida be characterized as a musical genius? Explain your answer.

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

5. Describe how the conversation between Cressida and Carrie lapses into a bit of melancholy.

6. Describe Cressida's traveling companions.

7. What in the events of Cressida getting to know Bouchalka might be a hint to Cressida that Bouchalka might ultimately prove an unreliable spouse?

8. What makes Carrie speculate about the loyalties of Cressida's traveling companions?

9. Do you believe that Cressida's family would have been happy just to have Cressida's love and good wishes rather than her money?

10. Briefly describe Carrie's initial meeting with Bouchalka at Cressida's home on Sunday.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Flashbacks are used several times in this story. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:

1. Explain the technique of flashback used in this story.

2. Describe some situations that can be considered flashbacks. Why are they flashbacks?

3. What are the benefits of using flashbacks?

4. How can flashbacks be confusing? Does this happen in this story?

Essay Topic 2

In the very first paragraph of part 1, the readers see a well-known phenomenon which today is labeled paparazzi. Fame does not come without its costs, though most celebrities believe these costs are worth the fame. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your life experience:

1. Define fame using both the dictionary and your own ideas of what fame means.

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?

3. Would you desire to be famous. Why or why not?

4. What do you think is the cost to Cressida for her fame?

Essay Topic 3

The story opens with Cressida on an ocean voyage and ends with her death also while on an ocean voyage. 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 Ms Cather chooses to frame or book end the story with ocean voyages?

2. Compare and contrast the two ocean voyages and possible symbolic meanings of each.

3. Do you think it appropriate that Cressida dies on the Titanic? Why or Why not?

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