The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Test | Final 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 is the irony evident in Walter Shandy's book?

2. Who is Billy Le Fever?

3. What does the commissary accidentally damage in Volume 7?

4. How does Tristram escape death?

5. Who feels guilty about removing the lead from the window?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the "beds of justice"?

2. What irony exists in Walter Shandy's attempt to write a child-rearing book?

3. What unusual friend does Tristram make in Lyon?

4. What difficulty does Tristram encounter in Lyon?

5. What dispute arises over Tristram's injury in Volume 6?

6. What inconsistencies exist in Tristram's friendship with Eugenuis?

7. How does Walter Shandy react to Tristram's injury in Volume 5?

8. How does Toby become Billy Le Fever's guardian?

9. How is Tristram injured at the age of five?

10. What position does Toby recommend Billy Le Fever assume in the Shandy household?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are philosophies expressed in the novel? Describe the purpose Sterne may have had for Walter Shandy's philosophical ramblings. What philosophies does Tristram express and how do these ideas affect the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of irony in the novel. What ironies result from Uncle Toby's hobbies? What is the purpose of the ironies evident in the novel? Is irony an effective tool to change behavior?

Essay Topic 3

What lessons does Sterne impart about communication? How do the characters express ideas to each other? What element of communication is missing from their dialogue and how does this affect character development?

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