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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 happened at Eleanor's house when she was twelve?

2. What room does Eleanor refuse to enter as they explore the house?

3. How does Luke introduce himself?

4. Why is Theo's window not above the front door as it should be?

5. What color is Eleanor's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Theo and Eleanor see as they turn to go back to Hill House?

2. Who gets lost on their way to breakfast? Why?

3. How does Luke act when he meets Eleanor and Theo?

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

5. Why does Eleanor get annoyed with her new friends?

6. Who is Luke Sanderson?

7. What is significant about Hill House?

8. Who is the first person Eleanor meets at Hill House?

9. What does Mrs. Dudley insist she will never do?

10. Where do Eleanor and Theo go after Theo unpacks?

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

Who built Hill House? For what purpose? What is unusual about the design of Hill House? Why does Dr. Montague believe the doors close on their own? Why do people get lost in the house? Where does the spiral staircase in the library lead? What is significant about this place?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Eleanor Vance? Why does Eleanor accept Dr. Montague's invitation to Hill House? Why does Dr. Montague offer the invitation? What does Dr. Montague expect Eleanor's presence will offer his investigation? What is significant about Eleanor's past? How does this past affect her emotions? How does this past influence Eleanor's future?

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