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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. Why doesn't Fleur leave her job and write full-time?
2. How does Fleur suggest Dottie cope with her suffering over Leslie's infidelities?
3. Why does Fleur begin taking Lady Edwina for the Sunday walks?
4. How does Dottie describe Fleur's character, Marjorie?
5. What did Fleur add to the first chapter of Sir Eric Findlay's story?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Fleur react to the beginning manuscripts of the memoirs when she first begins her work?
2. Why does Fleur invite Dottie to participate in the Autobiographical Association?
3. Fleur has a long phone conversation that day with Lady Clotilde, one of the Association members. What does she tell Fleur about Sir Quentin?
4. Describe the relationship between Fleur and her lover, Leslie.
5. How does Fleur meet Lady Edwina?
6. Fleur is relieved when Sir Quentin tells her that he will take over the editing of the manuscripts, but is suspicious of his motivation. Why?
7. Describe Fleur's impressions of Sir Quentin Oliver upon their first meeting.
8. Why did Fleur bring her friends, Theo and Audrey, in to read the proofs of Warrender Chase for her?
9. When "Bucks" Gilbert hosts a party, Fleur runs into her old friend Wally. What happens between them?
10. How does Fleur handle the motivation behind the evil doings of the title character in Warrender Chase?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe as much as you can about the culture in which Fleur lives based on descriptions from the novel. How much of that culture is revealed through her eyes? Could this novel be set anywhere else? Could the story have transpired, in tact, had it taken place in the US, or Shanghai or Paris or Munich in 1949? How might it have differed had it been moved from England?
Essay Topic 2
The element of time is used in creative ways in literature. A sequence of events might be told other than chronologically; sometimes time is suspended, accelerated or slowed down. How does Spark use time as a framework for the novel? Do not merely summarize plot points, rather, discuss how her use of time affects the story.
Essay Topic 3
While some confuse the idea of conflict with that of violence, this novel portrays the former with none of the latter. Until Lady Gilbert takes her own life, no one is physically harmed in the novel. Discuss the various conflicts that arise in the story, the antagonist and protagonist of each, and how each smaller conflict affects the larger conflict. Is there a clear winner in the end?
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