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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 food is given to Annie by Gull?

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

3. What is the occupation of Robert Lees?

4. Where do Sickert, Mary, Annie, and Annie's daughter travel to in Chapter 1?

5. Why do people at the inquest in Chapter 6 not take it seriously?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What marks the conception of Adolf Hitler?

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

4. What revelations does Mary Kelly make to Sickert in Chapter 3?

5. In what condition is Annie during Chapter 7?

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

7. What do Abberline and Lees discuss in the Prologue?

8. What happens after Annie leaves her pensioner's house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways do the murders of the five women highlight Gull's deep-seated misogyny? What is significant about the mutilations in terms of Gull's fear of women? Why is Gull only able to feel affection for Mary Kelly after he has destroyed her body? What does Gull mean when he says, "Do you understand how I have loved you? You'd have all been dead in a year or two from liver failure, men, or childbirth. Dead. Forgotten. I have saved you. Do you understand that? I have made you safe from time, and we are wed in legend, inextricable within eternity." How does this contrast with Gull's treatment of his wife and his relationship with Queen Victoria?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of homosexuality in "From Hell" in the following format:

Part 1) Albert and Sickert's relationship.

Part 2) Albert soliciting sexual favors from his friends to ease his guilty conscience.

Part 3) Druitt and his dismissal from his school.

Part 4) The party Druitt attends.

Part 5) Mary Kelly's brief, lesbian relationships before her death.

Compose a clear thesis statement and use the above as a guideline.

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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