Garden of Shadows 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 name(s) was etched on the desks?

2. What had Olivia waited to have for so long?

3. What did Malcolm's mother represent?

4. What characteristic(s) of women did Malcolm despise?

5. What terrified Olivia?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mal's birth revive Olivia's hopes for love? What actually occurred?

2. How did Garland speak of Malcolm in reference to his childhood?

3. What news came by way of Malcolm to Olivia?

4. How was Garland and Alicia's love obvious?

5. How did Olivia feel about meeting Malcolm and how did she feel once she had met him?

6. There are several rooms mentioned as Olivia is escorted through Foxworth Hall for the first time. What is significant about them?

7. What had Olivia been certain about in regards to the attic?

8. In what way did Malcolm acknowledge Olivia's desire to be loved?

9. How did Malcolm react to the news that Olivia couldn't have any more children after Joel?

10. What comparisons do the household staff make in regards to Olivia and Alicia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Malcolm finds God, his relationship with Olivia changes dramatically for the better. Suggest reasons for this transformation. What might Malcolm have found in the Bible to change his mind regarding his relationship with his wife?

Essay Topic 2

As Olivia's hope to be loved by Malcolm fades to oblivion, she turns further and further away from him and more and more draws towards God. Illustrate this gradual shift in her personality and emotional well being. Explain how she changes, and what best illustrates these changes.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the general theme of the story. What morals may be gleaned if the reader looks closely? Discuss how the theme and morality of this book intertwine.

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