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. Who does Bridget plan to seduce?

2. How do the abbess and the novice make their mules move?

3. In Volume 5, why does Mrs. Shandy eavesdrop on her husband?

4. What do Dr. Slop and Susannah throw at each other in Volume 6?

5. Which city does Tristram describe as nasty and foul-smelling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What could Bobby's death symbolize to Tristram?

3. How does Toby plan to approach Widow Wadham about his affections?

4. Why do Toby and Trim temporarily move in with Widow Wadham?

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

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

7. Describe the farcical nature of the story of the abbess and the novice.

8. What are the "beds of justice"?

9. How does communication among the characters disintegrate in Volume 8?

10. What difficulty does Tristram encounter in Lyon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Sterne use stream of consciousness to develop Tristram's narration? What elements of Tristram's character can be seen through the use of this literary device? What effect does this form of narration have on plot development and how does it bring to light the important themes Sterne expresses?

Essay Topic 2

How are love and marriage depicted in the novel? How do the male characters view love and marriage? How do the female characters view love and marriage? What lesson does Tristram learn about love?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the protagonist and antagonists of the novel. How is Tristram an "anti-hero"? What conflicts does he endure? How are the conflicts of the novel resolved?

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