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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 does Vinny do with what Charles offers Gordon?

2. What does Charlotte say about Eliza one day to the children?

3. What is Audrey doing during the lecture that bores Isobel?

4. What is Francis Fairfax's main occupation?

5. What does Isobel want to ask Audrey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the circumstances surrounding Charlotte's death?

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

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

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

5. How does Vinny treat the children?

6. Describe how Charles and Isobel are born.

7. How does Isobel come to find a single, unusual shoe in Vinny's closet and what is Vinny's reaction?

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

9. What are the signs that Vinny is a poor caregiver for the children?

10. What does Isobel find at the back door when she and Isobel are home alone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Isobel's and Charles' reaction to the disappearance of their mother. How do you think you would have reacted in a similar situation? Explain.

2. Discuss how you would have handled things were you in Isobel at Hilary's party. Do you think she handles the party better or worse than (or about the same) as you? Would you have confided in your someone about the party? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Isobel and Charles should have been taken to a therapist? Why? What do you think the therapists would have said to each of them?

Essay Topic 2

"Human Croquet" ends on a somewhat positive note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are at least three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Human Croquet" and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Human Croquet" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Human Croquet" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Human Croquet"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in the book to discuss and compare Isobel's response to that of two other characters, and to how you think you would respond.

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