The French Lieutenant's Woman 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 news does Ernestina give Charles on his return?

2. What is Sarah's position in Charmouth?

3. How does Sarah appear as she stands at her windowsill at night looking out to sea?

4. What shop in Lyme is somewhat famous?

5. What terrible image does Mrs. Talbot have from the literature she reads?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sarah suggest that she will not leave Lyme Regis?

2. The morning Ernestina has a migraine, describe Charles' acting as a moth being drawn to a flame.

3. What had prompted Charles and Ernestina to come to Lyme Regis?

4. How does Knowles interject himself into the novel?

5. Describe the conflict in Ernestina over her desire to have a husband and children.

6. What is the explanation for Mrs. Poulteney's idea that the Ware Commons evokes Sodom and Gomorrah in her mind?

7. What is special about the Ware Commons?

8. What is Charles' delusion as he rides up the drive to his uncles estate?

9. When Charles and Sarah meet, how does Charles explain his agreeing to come?

10. What makes Ernestina angry after Charles returns from London?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a short story about Mrs. Poulteney in heaven. In the story she should be bossy and strict just as she was on earth. Use your imagination to let her real character show through her white robes and angel wings. Also use your imagination about what St. Peter might do with a woman like that.

Essay Topic 2

Decide if you think Sarah was an innocent victim of her times or a calculating femme fatale. Write an essay supporting your claim and be sure to use quotes from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Using the characters Charles, Ernestina, and Sarah, write a short-short story set in the 21st century about a broken engagement. Use the title, "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned." Will your story be much different from the broken engagement in The French Lieutenant's Woman?

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