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. How does Harker react to Dracula's physical touch?

2. During Harker's first escape attempt from Dracula's house, what does he find inside fifty great boxes?

3. What body part changes in Lucy that causes Van Helsing and Seward to become increasingly disturbed about their patient?

4. What does Van Helsing's telegram to Seward say?

5. Where does Count Dracula live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Harker certain that Dracula is going to kill him during his captivity?

2. What was the West's view of Eastern Europe at the time Dracula was written?

3. What major physical changes does Lucy go through right before her death?

4. Why doesn't Harker want Dracula to know that he is afraid of him while being held captive?

5. What features of Dracula's new home in England create a sense of foreboding and unease for both Harker and the reader?

6. 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?

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

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

9. How does Lucy respond to the transfusions that Van Helsing orders?

10. What happens to Lucy's mother after Van Helsing's telegram goes astray?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose a vampire character from another novel or movie you are familiar with and compare and contrast that character with Stoker's Dracula. Make sure to list at least five similarities and/or differences.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Stoker presents very strict, complicated ways of killing vampires -- and yet Dracula's own death doesn't seem to abide by these rules. Write an essay that addresses this complicated ending and what experience it leaves the reader with at the conclusion of the novel.

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