J.M. Barrie & the Lost Boys 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. With what did Barrie have some bargaining power?

2. How did Davies die in 1960?

3. Barrie decided to write about his mother's existence in the novel, ____________.

4. The author describes the background of Arthur Davies, who was the son of Reverend who?

5. What relationship helped James to gain much-needed self-confidence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mary Ansell soon learn about Barrie? How did this affect her?

2. How did Arthur feel about Barrie's involvement with his family?

3. Describe "Peter and Wendy." What did Frohman think of it?

4. How was the summer of Michael's first birthday important?

5. How was Margaret important to Barrie's work?

6. How were the Davies affected by Arthur's death?

7. What happened to Sylvia?

8. How was the meeting of the Davies and Barrie chronicled in "Peter Pan?"

9. Was the 25 miles Arthur put between Barrie and Egerton House enough? Why or why not?

10. What was one of the few things Mary Hodgson and Barrie had in common?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Barrie was inspired by children.

Part 1) Describe Barrie's interest in children. Why does he like children so much? How does his past influence this?

Part 2) How are these children important to his life and work? How is Barrie also important to these children? How does his relationship with children affect his relationships with adults?

Part 3) What are your feelings about children? Why? Who inspires you? Why? How do these people compare to Barrie's inspirations?

Essay Topic 2

Barrie grieves over the deaths of many friends and family members throughout his life.

Part 1) How do these deaths affect Barrie? What deaths are the most significant? Why? How do they influence Barrie's thoughts and actions?

Part 2) How are the ideas of growing old and dying significant in Barrie's work? Why are these aspects of life so important?

Part 3) What are your thoughts about growing old and dying? Is death so important in our culture today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

"Peter Pan" debuts on December 22, 1904.

Part 1) Describe the evolution of this play. What changes and additions took place? Why? What led to this play's debut?

Part 2) How was the play received? Why might it have been received in this way? How might these reviews have affected Barrie? Might these critics have changed their minds if they knew the popularity of the Peter Pan story? Explain.

Part 3) What play or film that you have recently seen will be as popular and well-known as Peter Pan? Why?

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