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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 reason does Rainaldi give Philip for his not having been told about Ambrose's illness?

2. How old is Don?

3. Why does Philip think Ambrose had a premonition about his death before he left the last time?

4. Before meeting her, why does Louise suspect that Rachel will be very quick-tempered?

5. Where is Ambrose buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ambrose say that Rachel is related to the Ashley family?

2. What does Philip find striking about the portrait he sees hanging in Aunt Phoebe's rooms before Rachel comes?

3. Why was Rachel jealous of Philip when Ambrose was alive?

4. Why does Philip feel ashamed of his feelings when Ambrose wrote to say he was engaged?

5. Why was Louise excited about the idea of Ambrose returning to the estate with a wife?

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

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

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

9. What reason does Rachel give in her letter for having taken all of Ambrose's possessions from the villa after he died?

10. Why does Rachel wear only one color of gown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nick Kendall believes that some women draw tragedy to themselves. Write an essay that either supports or refutes this statement using examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Philip’s moods and attitudes toward people and places change based on what is going on in his life. Explain how the author conveys his feelings through descriptions of settings and events as well as through her word choices.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay discussing good and evil in the novel. How does the author challenge the reader’s notion of what is good and evil? In the end, which of the characters is good and which is evil?

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