The Diamond Mine 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. How does Carrie view the letters from Cressida to family members?

2. A year later, over what were Georgie and Julie still wrangling?

3. What does Bouchalka seem to enjoy?

4. In what does Bouchalka seem to lose interest?

5. Where does Bouchalka study music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Carrie and Cressida are chatting, Cressida says, "'It may mean that I still belong to the future more than to

the past, do you think?'" Knowing that Cressida's future turns out to be a watery grave on the bottom of the ocean, this passage could be considered an example of irony. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:

1. Define the word irony and give examples of it from your own life.

2. How does the use of irony enhance this story and literature in general?

3. There is a literary term called "dramatic irony." Define this term and see if you can find any instances of it in this story. Can you name other books or movies where you have encountered a dramatic ironic situation?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the opening of this story, Cressida is about to embark upon a fourth marriage. 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. Discuss each of Cressida's marriages in terms of the characteristics of the man she marries, his strengths and weaknesses, why she marries each particular man, and why the marriage ends.

2. Often is seems more difficult for a man to be married to a famous woman than the other way around. Do you believe this is true? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples to support your stance.

3. Discuss why Cressida marries rather than just has lovers, consider especially the era in which the story is set.

4. Is marriage an important institution in the world of the 21st century? Why or why not?

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