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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 month is it when Philip decides to go to Italy to see Ambrose?

2. What message does Philip ask Rainaldi to give Rachel before he leaves Italy?

3. What month is Philip's birthday in?

4. How does Rachel describe a man's jealousy?

5. Where did Philip see a hanged man when he was just a boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Philip think Rainaldi looked shocked when they first met?

2. Why did Ambrose start travelling during the winter months?

3. Why does Nick Kendall suggest that Ambrose may have been drunk when he reads a letter Philip received from him?

4. Why does Louise say that Philip must have the house cleaned up before Rachel visits?

5. Why does Rainaldi think that Rachel will never return to Italy?

6. Why do the servants address Philip differently when he returns home from Italy?

7. What reason does Philip give Rachel for not hating her now that he has met her?

8. Why was Philip raised by Ambrose?

9. Why does Nick Kendall think it was wrong for Ambrose to have brought Philip up without women in his life?

10. Why does Ambrose tell Philip that Tom Jenkyn had no excuse for killing his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of du Maurier’s central themes is the nature of women. Write an essay discussing the theme. How does the author use Rachel and Louise to demonstrate the nature of women? What idea is the author trying to convey? How does she deliver her message?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses dogs as a motif to reveal the feelings about characters and to guide the reader’s responses to certain situations. Write an essay discussing how the author uses the dog motif, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the influence Philip’s upbringing had on him. How does it affect his relationships with women, particularly Louise and Rachel? How does it affect his views of women and marriage?

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