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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. When Sir Quentin tries to incriminate Fleur by telling Lady Edwina that Fleur has had a professional break into their home and steal his diary, how does Lady Edwina respond?
2. When Fleur goes out with Wally, what does he tell her about Bucks Gilbert?
3. What does Sir Quentin inquire about Fleur's future?
4. What is Fleur's greatest concern upon learning the tragic news of the suicide of one of the Association's members?
5. Who does Fleur call for advice when she realizes she has no copy of her novel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Fleur mentions a parallel to another novel, not of her writing, at this point. What novel and what parallel?
2. What does Fleur first think might be the problem with her novel when the publisher requests to meet with her in person?
3. Fleur desperately wants to do what when she gets home with her manuscript? What does she do instead?
4. Even though Fleur and Dottie have quite a tumultuous relationship, after Sir Quentin's death, she keeps Fleur well-informed about the other members of the Autobiographical Association. Describe what happens to any two members.
5. What was it that Fleur scolded herself when she determined who had likely stolen the manuscript from her room?
6. Why doesn't Fleur tell Edwina that she believes Sir Quentin is behind the theft of her manuscript?
7. Fleur consults her friend, Solly Mendelsohn, when she realizes that the publisher now has the only copy of her manuscript. Why?
8. When her novel is ultimately published, how does Fleur initially react?
9. How does Fleur react to her own novel as she goes through it, typing up additional copies?
10. What is the traumatic news Fleur receives near the end of Chapter 8?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fleur Talbot, as an author, seems to spend her life observing, categorizing and accumulating ideas for her writing. Discuss how this impacts her life. Does it get in her way? Do you think most authors work this way?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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