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. While traveling to London with Netley, what shape does Gull order their route to take?

2. In what year is Chapter 1 set?

3. What is the occupation of Robert Lees?

4. What does Netley give to Annie?

5. In Chapter 7, who do Annie and Liza meet for a drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does "Jack the Ripper" get his name?

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

3. What is significant about the discussion on Martha Tabram?

4. Why does Gull bring Annie Crook into his asylum, and how is she treated?

5. What assumptions are made about Polly's dead body, and what discoveries happen at the morgue?

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

7. What leads Mary Kelly and the three prostitutes to blackmail Sickert?

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

9. What theory does Thick believe, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For what purpose is Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man," featured in this novel? Why does Gull continually greet him by the name "Ganesh"? Why does Gull force Polly to observe Merrick and repeat Gull's salutation? What is significant about the teapot Gull uses to burn Mary Kelly's heart? Why does Gull hold Merrick in such high esteem, and how does this contrast with the real-life Merrick's personality?

Essay Topic 2

What role does architecture play in this novel? How does Gull's tour of London with Netley reveal how architectural design coincides with Gull's own mystical ideology? Why are the obelisks and ancient buildings so important to Gull and his rituals? How is this apparent when Gull mystically tours a modern office building? How do the buildings serve as markers for each crime scene?

Essay Topic 3

In the Epilogue, Abberline remarks that he and Lees, along with the deceased Druitt, are also victims of Jack the Ripper. What does Abberline mean by this statement? How does his view of being a victim relate to that of Druitt or the murdered prostitutes? How have Abberline and Lees' lives been inexorably altered by their knowledge of Gull? Are there any other victims of Jack the Ripper such as Abberline and Lees? If so, who are they and why?

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