From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts Test | Final 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. How do the Masons hide Gull away?

2. How is Mary Kelly dealing with the knowledge of her last days alive?

3. While experiencing visions, what is Gull doing?

4. Why does Gull feel insulted by the Masons?

5. How does Netley manage to pick up Kate Eddows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Gull and Netley writing the letter "from Hell"?

2. Why does Warren erase the message left by Jack the Ripper?

3. For what reasons is the deceased Druitt identified as Jack the Ripper?

4. How do Albert and Sickert deal with the former's guilty conscience?

5. How does Albert spend his time in Chapter 9?

6. What comprises the inquest and testimonies that Abberline endures for Mary's death?

7. How and why does Lees get Abberline to go to Gull's house?

8. What is the result of Abberline taking his information about Gull to his superiors?

9. Describe Gull's visions during his mutilation of Mary's corpse.

10. How does Gull justify his violence to Queen Victoria in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does the written word play in "From Hell"? How do the tactics of yellow journalism increase newspaper sales while inciting a frenzy in Whitechapel? How does the fear of the public give the Masons at Scotland Yard the idea to frame the innocent Druitt for the murders? How do the false letters from Jack the Ripper sensationalize the murders? For what reasons does Gull send in his own letter? How does Gull make sure it is known that his own letter is authentic? Why is Gull's letter particularly important to the themes of this novel (title notwithstanding)?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the male and female dynamics of Gull's murders in the following format:

Part 1) The grapes.

Part 2) The knife as a phallic symbol.

Part 3) The mutilation of the women's sexual organs.

Part 4) Gull's affection for the women's dead bodies, during and post-mutilation.

Part 5) Gull's belief that the murders will strengthen men's power over society.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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