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. Why would it be natural that Brown gets along well with Poppas?

2. Why does Bouchalka rush off from Cressida's party?

3. What disappoints Cressida's sisters?

4. To whom does Carrie compare Jerome Brown?

5. Did Bouchalka recognize Cressida in the restaurant when he was playing the violin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Once a story, novel, or movie has been experienced in its entirety, it is obvious where there are instances of foreshadowing. 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 foreshadowing used in this story.

2. Describe some situations that can be considered foreshadowing. Why are they examples of foreshadowing?

3. What are the benefits of using foreshadowing?

4. Is foreshadowing necessary in order for the writer to be fair to the reader? Explain.

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