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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. For how long have historians searched for the Fairfax jewel?

2. What is Gordon's position in WWII?

3. What is Francis Fairfax's main occupation?

4. What does Eliza do when she goes into labor with Isobel?

5. What does Gordon tell Isobel about Eliza at the end of the chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Malcolm take Isobel, and what happens there?

2. Give a very brief synopsis of the Fairfax family's status over time.

3. What gets Debbie's party off to a bad start?

4. What does Isobel "see" in the time wrap she experiences in this chapter?

5. Describe how Charles and Isobel are born.

6. How do Isobel and Charles find their mother and what do they do?

7. What business does Charlotte run and what are her long term intentions?

8. What does Isobel observe on a visit to the Baxters in autumn?

9. What happens when Charles is eight years old?

10. What does Isobel say are Charles' hobbies, and how does he relate one of his hobbies to his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Hilary and Isobel eventually become good friends. Discuss two other incidences of irony in "Human Croquet".

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in "Human Croquet".

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in "Human Croquet".

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Human Croquet" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if this is a successful novel.

3. Is "Human Croquet" a novel you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a novel be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Melinda is sixteen when the novel opens. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Melinda seems like an average sixteen year old? Give examples and why you say the activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Isobel seems older than her age of 16? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Isobel as she is developed throughout the book.

3. Is it realistic to think Isobel could handle the situations that arise in the novel alone? Where do you think Isobel could have turned to for help?

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