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 Cressida realize she is recognized in the restaurant?

2. What do those who contest the bequest show for evidence?

3. To where does Poppas move?

4. Why does Cressida take Bouchalka aside to converse with him?

5. What does Blasius Bouchalka send Cressida?

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

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 3

Characters are many and varied, especially for a short story. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience:

1. Which character did you find most likable? Why? Which one is least likable? Why?

2. If you were to pick one character with whom you would form a friendship, who would it be? Why?

3. Which character is most like you? Explain the similarities.

4. Which character is least like you? Explain the similarities.

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