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. In Chapter 1 of Volume 5, what subject does Tristram discuss?

4. Who is called to tend Tristram's wound in Volume 5?

5. Which animal does Tristram describe in Chapter 1 of Volume 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tristram decide to travel abroad in Volume 7?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Toby react to the end of the war?

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

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

9. Why does Tristram's mother eavesdrop on Walter and Toby's conversation in Volume 5?

10. How does the Shandy household react to the news of Bobby's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the symbolism evident in the novel. What is the significance of Bobby's death and Tristram's journey through France? How are symbols or symbolic imagery used to advance the plot?

Essay Topic 2

How does the setting of the novel affect the mood of the story? Describe the differences between Sterne's masculine and feminine settings. Why does the masculine setting dominate the novel?

Essay Topic 3

How is time used in the novel? What inconsistencies are evident in Tristram's perception of time? What explanation does Tristram give for his perception of time and how does this explanation relate to Sterne's theme of individuality?

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