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 does Carrie think Bouchalka is less driven now in his work?

2. With whom do Carrie and Henry stand on one matter of Cressida's will?

3. What does Carrie find at Cressida's home the next time she is there?

4. What about Jerome Brown does Cressida feel fortunate?

5. At what turn in the conversation does Bouchalka become agitated and less at ease?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the section concerning Bouchalka, Cressida divorces him when she finds him engaged in sexual relations with the cook. 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. Should Cressida have forgiven Bouchalka and continued in the marriage? Why or Why not? Do you think if she had, Bouchalka would have stay faithful? Why or why not?

2. Is it realistic to expect a long-term relationship to be absolutely monogamous? Why or Why not? What are the benefits of monogamy? The cons?

3. Some couples choose to have an open relationship and accept that his/her partner will sometimes have other sexual liaisons. Is this a workable way to conduct a relationship? What are the pros and cons to such an arrangement?

Essay Topic 2

For much of Cressida's professional life, she is on top of the game. She is often chosen for a part over other better singers because of her vitality and sureness. In the latter part of her life, her energy flags as does her career. 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 Cressida is more successful when she enjoys her singing as opposed to when she has to sing to earn money when she is married to her last husband?

2. Do personal relationships impact the quality of output by an artist?

3. How can a personal relationship enhance one's artistic production?

4. Is there anything you feel so passionate about that you think a romantic relationship would hinder? Explain your stance.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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