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 is the violin player rummaging through a pile of papers?

2. Why does Poppas move to where he does?

3. In what ways does Cressida help Bouchalka?

4. How do Bouchalka and Cressida appear after their honeymoon?

5. What prompts Carrie to write this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family relationships are a recurrent theme throughout this story. In Cressida's case, she seems to have a fairly parasitic relationship with her family members. 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. How much obligation does a person have to their parents? Siblings? Other family members? Explain your answers using specific examples.

2. For a child who is raised in an abusive home (whether sexual, verbal, or physical or some combination thereof), it seems that child as an adult often responds to his/her family in one of two ways: 1. S/he continues to try to "please" the abuser and others who allowed the abuse or (2.) They reject the abuser and those associated with the abuser and have nothing further to do with them. Are either of these responses healthy? How do you think you would respond? Explains in as far as you are comfortable. What is a possible compromise to these two extremes?

3. Why do you believe Cressida allows her family and husbands to take such outrageous advantage of her? Would you do so in her situation?

4. How would you treat your family members were you very wealthy if they were of the ilk that Cressida's family is? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

As Carrie is strolling about the ship, she comes upon Cressida and her son and sister. Cressida and Carrie immediately stroll together to talk. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using detailed examples from the book and from your own life experience.

1. Who is Carrie in relationship to Cressida?

2. Would you characterize Carrie as a loyal and sincere friend? Give examples to support your stance.

3. Cary is the narrator of the story; what is the perspective of her narration? Is the perspective effective? How would the story change if written the perspective changes? What if Julia or Horace were the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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