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 does Orlando become with everyone in Constantinople after he moves there?

2. How many courses does Orlando often eat at lunch after any hard work in Turkey?

3. What does Orlando feel for the first time after waking from his deep sleep?

4. What language do Orlando and the Russian girl he begins seeing both speak that makes them bond?

5. Why do the gypsies accept Orlando as one of their own when she goes to live with them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe Penelope Hartopp's account of Orlando's banquet celebrating his dukedom?

2. What reason does Orlando have for leaving Clorinda?

3. Why is Orlando's affair with Sasha considered scandalous when it begins?

4. How is Orlando's encounter with a Moor at the beginning of the book described?

5. How is Orlando described after he finishes his first bout of reclusion?

6. How does King James try to garner favor with the public after the Great Frost in Britain?

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

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

9. How is Orlando accepted by the public in Constantinople?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the author's use of historical details in the book. What might the author be saying about the nature of history based on her portrayal of historical details within the text?

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 concept of marriage is one fully examined by Orlando in the book and is telling of the author's own feelings toward the act.

Part 1.) What about the way marriage is presented to Orlando suggests that she sees marriage as something forced on her rather than something she would choose?

Part 2.) What might the author be saying about the nature of marriage based on her portrayal of Orlando after she meets Shelmerdine?

Part 3.) What is the author saying about the importance of finding a dual-minded partner to have a successful marriage?

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