Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller Test | Mid-Book 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. What was Dinesen's nickname?

2. With whom did Dinesen fall in love?

3. In what year was the work in #6 created?

4. Most of Dinesen's work was set in the __________________ or earlier.

5. What pen name did Dinesen adopt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the contentious relationship Dinesen had with her brother, Thomas?

2. When and where was Isak Dinesen born and by what other names was she known?

3. What was the nature of Dinesen's relationship with her father and how did she address her feelings of loss after his death many years later?

4. In addition to diseases, what were some of the losses that Dinesen suffered in her life that made her health fail in 1923?

5. How did Bror react to Dinesen's affair with Denys?

6. What was the nature of the conflict between Dinesen and her Aunt Bess?

7. Why did Dinesen have difficulty fitting in with the aristocratic landowners in Africa?

8. How did being a woman challenge Dinesen's writing career?

9. What was Dinesen's family's reaction to her interest in Georg Brandes and Fredrick Nietzsche?

10. What was Dinesen's family background,and why was she drawn more to her father's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting and time period for Isak Dinesen's young adulthood? What was Denmark like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Dinesen, her family and friends?

Essay Topic 2

Isak Dinesen was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Dinesen's life through this book, what were her biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did she manage through them? How did her coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of her life? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of independence is an important one in Dinesen's life and in her work. Describe how it extends through setting, subjects, technique, etc. and provide examples for each.

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