Fingersmith Test | Final 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. Who cuts open Maud's bag to examine the contents?

2. When is Marianne Lilly's will to be opened?

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

4. When does Maud clearly remember the trip?

5. What does Maud do with a razor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the murder of Richard.

2. What does Sue learn when she observes Lant house from across the street and how does she react to this information?

3. What happens when Richard, Maud and Sue are out on the grounds and Richard observes Maud watching Sue sleep?

4. What happens when Maud finally escapes?

5. What happens when Maud and Richard walk into the house on Lant Street?

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

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

8. How is Sue's experience at the insane asylum similar to that of Maud at her uncle's house?

9. Why does Richard suggest to Mr. Lilly that Richard teach Maud to paint?

10. What changes Maud during the night after the outing and what does Maud do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 6, the juxtaposition of appearance and truth and of knowledge and ignorance become fuller and more important.

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

2. Why do you think the appearance of a situation does not always reflect the truth of a situation? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. When someone is ignorant of the truth of a situation, do you think she/he should make any decisions about that situation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sue is now a prisoner of a dark and dismal place. As Maud's spirit was broken at Briar by her uncle and Mrs. Stiles, the housekeeper, so the doctor plans to break Sue's spirit, and her delusion, in the madhouse.

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

2. It seems that Maud and Sue has switched places, the asylum metaphorically similar to Maud's uncle's house and Mrs. Sucksby's house where Sue thought she had a happy childhood. Do you think this switch will result in Sue becoming more like Maud and vice versus? Why or why not?

3. Do you think realistically, one would be able to maintain love for a person who did to Sue what Maud did? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Though Maud does not yet know the extent and shape of Richard's deception, her journey through dark, winding alleys to a strange house in the slums foreshadows both the deception and the twisting developments in the final stages of implementing Richard's plan.

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

2. How does the movement through the dark, winding alleys reflect Maud's mental or spiritual darkening?

3. How has your perception of Maud changed from the first introduction of her to her passage through the dark alleys?

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