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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. Who is elected to parliament?

2. What does Isobel wonder about reality?

3. What does Isobel wonder in her confusion?

4. What does Gordon remember about Eliza much later after they are married?

5. Why does Malcolm supposedly hit a tree in his car?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Isobel learn about several of the people in her circle of friends or acquaintances?

2. How does Gordon clarify his statement about the death of Eliza?

3. How is it revealed that the lock of hair Charles supposedly has belongs to Eliza?

4. Who is Lady Margaret and what happens to her in regards to Sir Francis?

5. What smell does Isobel awaken to and what does she notice?

6. What day does Gordon remember at the end of this chapter?

7. Who is having breakfast when Isobel goes downstairs and how is everyone at the breakfast table?

8. What does Isobel say about Audrey?

9. What is happening on Christmas eve at the Fairfax household?

10. How does Malcolm die this time in Isobel's "vision"?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Isobel. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Charles. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss two other characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Human Croquet", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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