Human Croquet Test | Final 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. Where is Malcolm?

2. Who becomes a geologist?

3. What is Audrey's occupation?

4. How many babies has Maude lost?

5. Who is having a conversation in "Experiements With Aliens"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Herbert do to Violet Angela, and what is Maude's response to Violet's telling her about Herbert?

3. What impressions does Isobel have about where she is at the end of this chapter?

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

5. What does Isobel say about Charles?

6. How does Maude Potter finally get a baby and what does she name the baby?

7. What is related about Sir Francis Fairfax and his new wife?

8. How does Gordon meet Eliza?

9. What is the time and purpose of this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Plots are sometimes said to be either character-driven or action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think "Human Croquet" is more character-driven or action-driven? Or balanced between the two? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Human Croquet". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Atlkinson chooses the symbols she does? Do you think Atkinson consciously decides upon the symbols to represent various elements of "Human Croquet"? Why or why not.

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Atkinson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Atkinson's use (or lack ) of literary devices (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Atkinson use too many or too little literary techniques? State to which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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