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 does Tristram write about Calais?

2. Who explains to Toby that he is in love?

3. What does Susannah hope to inherit in Volume 5?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Trim take responsibility for Tristram's injury in Volume 5?

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

3. What are the "beds of justice"?

4. What might Tristram mean when he describes romance as, "It is with love as with cuck-oldom"?

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

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

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

8. What unusual friend does Tristram make in Lyon?

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

10. How does Toby discover his love for Widow Wadham?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From what type of death is Tristram trying to escape? How is death used to create humor? What insight into Tristram's character does the theme of death give the reader?

Essay Topic 2

What impact does superficial and self-serving behavior have on the characters in the novel? Do any of the characters demonstrate growth or emotional development? What point might Sterne be making about human behavior?

Essay Topic 3

What views are expressed about "modern" (as in the current 18th century practices) medicine as compared to folk medicine in the novel? How does the midwife's practical experience compare to the doctor's formal medical training? What concerns are raised about each character's medical abilities and how are these concerns addressed in the novel?

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