Nights at the Circus 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 Fevvers have on her mind at the beginning of this chapter?

2. What game do the clowns play in their carriage?

3. What do the female prison escapees want the Escapee to donate?

4. What stands in the center of the prison settlement?

5. What part of Fevvers' body is injured?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way do the elephants express their concept of freedom in book 3, chapter 2?

2. What sacrifice has Walser for his freedom in book 3, chapter 4?

3. In what way is freedom a major theme in book 3, chapter 4?

4. How does Olga bring new hope to the women's prison camp?

5. What world has Walser's amnesia submerged him in?

6. In what way can Lizzie be seen as a business woman?

7. Describe Walser's initial meeting with the Shaman.

8. How is the concept of space and time explored in this chapter?

9. What do the character do to occupy themselves on the train ride?

10. What differences does book 3, chapter 7 highlight between Lizzie and Fevvers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Angela Carter is one of Britain foremost feminist authors. Examine Carter's life. What kind of upbringing did she have? What kind of education? What were the major themes of her work?Why do you think Carter's novels were so relevant in the mid to late twentieth century and continue to be relevant today?

Essay Topic 2

Nights at the Circus is written using elements of magic realism.

1) What is magic realism?

2) What moments in Nights at the Circus could you identify as magic realism?

2) Why do you think Carter uses magic realism for this novel?

Essay Topic 3

Using examples to support your argument discuss the following statement. In order to promote the role the woman plays in the book, Carter feminizes the male character or makes them emotionally weak.

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