Fingersmith 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. Gentleman arrives at Mrs. Sucksby home with an idea to _____________.

2. Who performs the marriage ceremony?

3. What is the Gentleman's alleged real name?

4. The train station is hung with black cloth because of the death of _______________.

5. What does Maud confess to Sue as Sue readies Maud for the marriage bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe a little of Maud's early memories.

2. Describe the effect of her uncle's training upon Maud.

3. How does Mrs. Sucksby respond to Sue's impending departure?

4. Who is the significant person introduced from Maud's point of view in Chapter 8 and what is his significance?

5. What does the reader learn about the people Gentleman plans to swindle?

6. How does Gentleman prepare Sue for her part in the swindle?

7. What are Sue's impressions of Maud?

8. How is Maud the morning after her wedding night?

9. What does Richard know about Maud and tells her when he climbs up to her room?

10. What is the result of the lovemaking between Sue and Maud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sue considers speaking to Mr. Lilly or to Maud to try to save Maud from the fate that awaits her. Her loyalty to Mrs. Sucksby, her desire to make her fortune, and her respect for Maud's innate goodness hold her back.

1. Why do you think Sue's respect for Maud's "innate goodness" would keep her from stopping the con?

2. This is a critical junction in Sue's life where she can stop what is happening to Maud. She doesn't partly due to her loyalty to Mrs. Sucksby. Do you think keeping loyal to Mrs. Sucksby is as important as not letting Ricard con Maud? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

She remains silent, realizing that she cannot reject Richard's plan lest she lose everything, including Sue, and spend the rest of her life at Briar. She convinces herself that it is love that makes her move ahead with the plan that will harm Sue.

1. Why do you think Maud believes she is carrying out Richard's plan because of love? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Maud is lying to herself, convincing herself that what she does is better for Sue. What do you think is the differences in consequences between lying to yourself and lying to others? Use examples from the book and your life to support your answer.

3. Do you think the fact that Maud has to rationalize her behavior means she's not a bad person? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sue's description of being lulled into a daze in the asylum must be compared to Maud's life at Briar. Once the comparison is made, the reader must see that the boredom, the sameness of routine, the darkness of their surroundings lull both Sue and Maud into a sort of dazed and complacent compliance.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Compare what is happening to Sue with what you have heard of people held in a long term hostage situation.

3. Explain what you think you would feel and do if you were in Sue's situation.

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