Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller Test | Final Test - Hard

Judith Thurman
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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. When she was 50, Dinesen struggled with feelings associated with ___________________.

2. People around Dinesen interpreted her drug-induced ramblings as __________________.

3. What was one thing Dinesen had trouble adjusting to upon her return to Denmark?

4. What was one of Dinesen's routine activities?

5. Who was Thorkild Bjornvig?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is known about the depths of despair Dinesen experienced after the loss of the coffee plantation and how did Deny's death, ironically, free her in a way?

2. How did Dinesen help the Danish Resistance movement during the war?

3. How did Dinesen behave when it seemed as if she would lose the plantation?

4. How was Dinesen conflicted about which role to pursue in her life?

5. In what ways was Dinesen alienated from her own people during the war?

6. How did Dinesen fare when trying to run the coffee plantation on her own and why was her temporary return to Denmark not a positive move for her?

7. How did Denys die and why was his death especially painful for Dinesen?

8. What occupied most of Denys' time in 1928, and how did Dinesen feel about it?

9. Explain why Dinesen's sensibilities and interests slot her work as Romanticism.

10. How did Dinesen's pregnancy split her relationship with Denys and what reunited them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author points out more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two examples which either embody or create disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. Why is it called simply "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller"? What was Judith Thurman trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the impact that Dinesen's childhood had on her as an adult. What were the expectations for young women growing up in Denmark during the early 1900s? How did Dinesen reject most of what was expected of her? How did Dinesen use her childhood experiences to help in the creation of her life's work?

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