Fingersmith Test | Final Test - Hard

Sarah Waters
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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 do Sue and Maud pack for the trip?

2. Maud thinks in the boat: "We glide, softly," she says, "in silence, into our ________.

3. What convinces Maud to continue with their plan about the inheritance and Sue?

4. What is the remedy for Sue's screaming in the asylum?

5. What does Sue have to do before she is released from the asylum?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the key developments in this chapter?

2. What does Sue say to Maud the first night she is in the bed with Maud and what is Maud's reaction?

3. What does Maud learn when she demands to know where she is when arriving at Mrs. Sucksby's house?

4. Give a brief description of what Mr. Lilly has to say in the letter to Richard and how Maud feels about the letter.

5. What does Maud do with the razor she stole from her uncle?

6. How does Richard get Agnes out of the house?

7. What story about Maud does Richard and Mrs. Sucksby reveal to Maud?

8. What is Mrs. Sucksby's reaction to Maud's return?

9. Describe the murder of Richard.

10. When Richard returns from London, what must Maud commit herself to doing in the time left before her escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The reader begins to see the gloved hands as symbolic of the cocoon of isolation and control in which Maud has been wrapped by her uncle. They become symbolic of her innocence.

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

2. Do you think anyone in modern America could be conned the way Maud is being conned? Why or why not?

3. How much blame for what is happening, and will happen to Maud, do you think should be assigned to her uncle? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The forces surrounding Maud have now hardened her resolve to carry through the plan. Seeing these same events through Maud's eyes deepens the question, what is truth?

1. Do you think truth is always easy to know? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think Sue is blinded to the truth about Maud? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Richard appears to get what he wants by obscuring, bending or hiding the truth. Do you think what Richard does is difficult? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 9 touches upon several key themes of the novel: what is goodness, what is innocence, what is truth.

1. Do you think Sue is a good person? How about Maud? Why or why not?

2. How would you define goodness? Use examples from your life and the book to support your definition.

3. Write a short essay about a person you know or know about who you believe has a basic goodness in them.

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