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 the only activity that Dinesen and Bror enjoyed doing together?

2. Why did Dinesen's maternal family oppose her interest in the men in #25?

3. Why did Wilhelm Dinesen kill himself?

4. Most of Dinesen's work was created in which literary style?

5. Who believed that both sexes should be celibate before marriage and monogamous afterward?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How could Dinesen's marriage to Bror best be described?

3. Who was Daisy Frijs and why was Dinesen drawn to her?

4. How could Dinesen's writing style best be characterized, and what was her most famous literary work?

5. How did World War I put even more strain on Dinesen's relationships with the aristocratic landowners?

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

7. Describe Dinesen's relationship with her sisters.

8. How did Dinesen and Bror celebrate in Paris after a good coffee harvest in 1918?

9. Where did Dinesen study art formally and why was the experience disappointing for her?

10. Why did Dinesen not feel any remorse about having an affair with Denys Finch Hatton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why would an author like Isak Dinesen have a lonely life even though it may have seemed exciting and glamorous to other people? Were there specific periods in her life when Dinesen felt even more loneliness? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

It is said that a writer writes what he knows and an artist creates what he knows. What does this statement mean? Did Dinesen write about what she knew? Give three examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of Dinesen's family in her life. What impact did Dinesen's father have on her life? What was Dinesen's relationship with her siblings? How did the family evolve in its support of each other? What was the nature of Dinesen's strained relationship with her brother, Thomas?

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