The Haunting of Hill House 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. Why does Luke's aunt send him to stay with Dr. Montague at Hill House?

2. What do Theo and Eleanor think will disappoint Mrs. Dudley?

3. What is Eleanor's prevailing emotion as she is left alone in her room?

4. Why does Dr. Montague send a letter to Eleanor Vance?

5. How long have the Dudleys worked at Hill House?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Dr. Montague and his assistants have trouble finding the dining room?

2. What did Eleanor purchase specifically for this trip to Hill House?

3. What does Dr. Montague say he expects of his assistants during the summer?

4. What surprises Eleanor the next morning?

5. What does Dr. Montague plan to do with the information he gains from his and his assistants' experiences at Hill House?

6. Who is Theodora?

7. Who are the Dudleys?

8. What is unusual about the design of Hill House overall?

9. At what time does Mrs. Dudley always have dinner ready?

10. Who built Hill House?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is an unreliable narrator? Is Eleanor an unreliable narrator? How can you tell? What could the author have done differently to make the narrator more reliable? How does the author's choice of narrators impact the overall plot development?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Eleanor the only one who can smell dirt in the library? What does this smell signify? Why is Eleanor afraid to go into the library? What happened in the library that could result in Eleanor's fear?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Dr. Montague, Mrs. Montague, and the others force Eleanor to go home? Is this because they do not like her anymore? Or is this for her protection? Why does Eleanor drive her car into a tree? Is this of Eleanor's own free will, or does it have something to do with the house? What is the significance of the tree Eleanor hits?

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