Orlando: A Biography 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 royal takes over the throne near the end of Chapter 6?

2. What does the thing that controls Orlando's hand do when she is trying to write her poem?

3. Who takes a liking to Orlando when she boards a ship to England?

4. How does Orlando begin dressing in Chapter 4?

5. What does Orlando say is the real difference between the great poets and the rest of the world in regards to their ability to express their feelings?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Orlando's walk in the park described in Chapter 5?

2. How does the archduke save Orlando from a crowd of commoners who remember her as a man?

3. How is the force that takes over Orlando's hand while she is writing described at the beginning of Chapter 5?

4. How is Orlando's attempt at working on her poem described at the beginning of Chapter 6?

5. How does Orlando react after thinking about all her past lives at the end of the book?

6. How does Orlando meet Shelmerdine?

7. How does Nicolas Greene react after reading Orlando's poem in Chapter 6?

8. How do Orlando's servants at her country estate treat her when she arrives there for the first time as a woman?

9. How does Orlando's writing change after she realizes that being married has helped her writing become freer?

10. What happens when Orlando accidentally shows a bit of ankle on deck of the merchant ship to England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism of clouds in the book. How might the clouds shown in the book represent the suffocation Orlando feels in his surroundings in England?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of sleeping is seen many times in the character Orlando and has the opportunity to represent many things in the context of the book.

Part 1.) What motivations or triggers are normally present when Orlando enters into a deep sleep in the book?

Part 2.) What symbolism might the author wish for sleep to represent in terms of change and transformation in the book?

Part 3.) What is telling in the absence of these deep sleeps after Orlando becomes a woman?

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