Dracula Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the urgent telegram that Van Helsing sends to Seward?

2. Who reveals to Dracula that Harker has tried to communicate with people outside of Dracula's home?

3. What frequent activity do Lucy and Mind engage in during Mina's visit?

4. What does Van Helsing ask from Seward after Lucy's death?

5. Who is Mina?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Renfield manage to get a rare night of sleep after being stabbed?

2. Why does Seward agree to share his diary with Mina?

3. As Harker is about to be seduced during his captivity by the three female vampires, what is he thinking of that makes him feel a bit guilty?

4. What initial impression does Dr. Seward's description of Mr. Renfield leave with the reader?

5. Why does Mina ask Seward for permission to visit Renfield?

6. What is the reason behind Van Helsing's decision to put garlic up around Lucy's room?

7. What disturbing sight does Harker see outside of his window during his captivity at Dracula's home?

8. How does Seward try to draw Renfield out in conversation?

9. Why do Mina and Holmwood agree to share their diaries with Seward?

10. What does the letter from the Budapest hospital say about Harker's condition?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, a fair-haired female vampire accuses Dracula of being incapable of loving. Present an argument that supports or refutes this statement, making sure to use at least three examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

The use of religious symbols -- such as crucifixes and holy wafers -- are present throughout the novel. Discuss the role of religion (and of Christianity in particular) in "Dracula".

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast one virtuous (by Victorian standards) female character with another non-virtuous female character from "Dracula". Keep in mind that the vampire version of a character can be compared and contrasted with her non-vampire self.

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