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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 Maude name her baby?

2. Where is Gordon headed when this chapter opens?

3. Where is Isobel going?

4. Who is Eliza Jane Dennis?

5. Who is lodging with the Fairfaxes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Lady Margaret and Master Shakespeare?

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

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

5. What does Isobel say about Charles?

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

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

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

9. How does Violet Angela end up leaving Herbert and Maude?

10. How does Gordon meet Eliza?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Atkinson chooses to write the novel in different points of views. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in several points of views?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so?

3. When do you think an author is most likely to use the first person point of view? Second person? Third person omniscient? Third person limited?

4. Do you think the narrators in "Human Croquet" are reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

5. What is your favorite point of view to read? Or do you have a favorite.

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