From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts 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 entices Albert to marry Annie Crook?

2. What service does Mary Kelly render for Sickert?

3. What is the setting of the Prologue?

4. What does Annie Crook's father believe is at the center of Annie's madness?

5. What is Gull determined to strengthen, according to his monologue to Netley in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What theory does Thick believe, and why?

2. What comprises the fourth dimension?

3. Describe the inquest Abberline attends in Chapter 6.

4. Why does Gull believe that killing the prostitutes is only the beginning for him?

5. What is significant about Annie Crook's pregnancy and marriage to Albert?

6. How is Polly snared by Gull and Netley?

7. Why does Whitechapel become gripped with hysteria at the end of Chapter 7?

8. What happens when Gull has a stroke in Chapter 2?

9. Describe William Gull's childhood and years in school.

10. What conclusions does Alice's grandfather draw up concerning his daughter and the child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mary Kelly's relationship with Abberline in the following format:

Part 1) Their initial meetings at the bar.

Part 2) Mary Kelly using the name of "Emma".

Part 3) Abberline's loan to Mary.

Part 4) Mary agreeing to a future sexual liaison

Part 5) Abberline's inability to recognize the dead Mary Kelly as "Emma."

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Gull in the following format:

Part 1) His work as a Freemason.

Part 2) His misogyny and religious beliefs.

Part 3) His relationship to Netley and Queen Victoria.

Part 4) His fugues.

Part 5) His trajectory upon the fourth dimension, ending with the confrontation with Alice.

Essay Topic 3

What role do the Freemasons play in this novel? Why is their power so immense? How does their power, at times, eclipse even that of Victoria? How does Gull's involvement with the Masons relate not only to his heat-stroke, but to his cryptic message written by Liz Stride's body? How do the Freemasons effectively manipulate society for their own gain? How does this relate to the fates of Montague John Druitt and Gull?

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