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. When Albert is being forced out of Alice's rooms, what title does Mary Kelly hear addressed to Albert?

2. What is the setting of the Prologue?

3. In Chapter 4, why does Queen Victoria order Gull to kill Mary Kelly and her accomplices?

4. After murdering Polly, what does Gull do after going to bed?

5. What is graphically rendered in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what condition is Annie during Chapter 7?

2. How is Polly snared by Gull and Netley?

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

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

5. What comprises the first encounter between Abberline and Mary Kelly?

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

7. Describe the inquest Abberline attends in Chapter 6.

8. What is Gull's belief in societal power?

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

10. What marks the conception of Adolf Hitler?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the hiding of one's identity relate to the idea of power in this book? Compose a clear thesis statement on this topic. Points that should be considered in this discussion include (but not exclusively) the choice made by Abberline and Lees, Mary Kelly assuming the name of "Emma" around Abberline, the framing of Montague John Druitt, and Albert traveling incognito, as well as how Albert's identity affects Annie Crook (and the rest of the prostitutes).

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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