Orlando: A Biography Test | Mid-Book 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 royal does Orlando gain respect from while living in Turkey?

2. What is the name of Orlando's most serious flame in the royal court who comes from a noble Irish family?

3. What kind of peasant woman does Orlando think one of his ancestors in the Crusades could have had an affair with?

4. What does Queen Elizabeth see Orlando doing in a mirror that causes their relationship to turn sour?

5. How does the author say Orlando performs his duties as ambassador in Constantinople?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Orlando unable to adapt to the gypsy way of life after going to live with them?

2. What is the nature of the diagnosis the doctor gives to Orlando in Chapter 2?

3. How does Queen Elizabeth show her affections for Orlando?

4. What does Orlando do after he realizes he is in love with the archduchess at the end of Chapter 2?

5. How is John Briggs's recording of Orlando's banquet for becoming a duke described?

6. How does Orlando's writing style change after his second bout of reclusion?

7. Describe the actions of the three women who begin dancing around Orlando as he sleeps in Turkey.

8. Why does Orlando's relationship with Queen Elizabeth turn sour?

9. What punishment does the king give to Orlando after he ends his fling with Sasha?

10. How is the atmosphere at Orlando's estate described during his banquet celebrating his dukedom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the act of sex change in the book. What might the author wish for Orlando's sex change to represent symbolically in terms of finding oneself and one's place in society?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the portrayal of fact versus fantasy in the book. What might the author be saying about the nature of reality based on her play with fact and fantasy throughout the book?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of solitude is one presented early in the book and follows Orlando throughout all stages of life.

Part 1.) What role might Orlando's inability to feel comfortable in social situations have on his need for solitude?

Part 2.) What is telling of Orlando's nature and ability to cope with issues of life based on his search for solitude in the book?

Part 3.) What is responsible for Orlando's escape from solitude, and what is significant about this?

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