Outlander Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Diana Gabaldon
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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 is the name of the mute character with whom Jamie has a conversation in Part 3, Chapter 17?

2. What gift does Claire receive from Munro?

3. In Part 3, Chapter 18, who amuses the group by telling stories of waterhorses?

4. What type of nuisance startles Claire in Part 3, Chapter 23?

5. Whose idea is it for Claire to marry Jamie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe one unusual ritual that occurs in Part 3, Chapter 14.

2. Why does Dougal tell Claire the details of Jamie's flogging?

3. Describe the man Claire first meets when she wakes up in Part 1, Chapter 3.

4. Describe the Scottish women's early morning ritual on the hill, as Claire observes it in Part 1, Chapter 2.

5. As Claire reveals to Jamie, how did she know Arthur Duncan's immediate cause of death?

6. Why does Jamie sleep in the hall in front of Claire's door in Part 3, Chapter 12?

7. Describe the reason that Jamie is an outlaw.

8. What happens in Part 3, Chapter 19, to make Peter run away in fright?

9. Who are the men who attack Dougal's group in Part 3, Chapter 18, and why do they attack the group?

10. Why does Geillis Duncan tell Claire not to help the abandoned baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Claire's behavior as a woman in the 1940s and in the 1740s. In which setting does she appear more competent? In which setting does she appear more at ease or more natural? Do you think she adapts easily to a new culture, or does she continue to make cultural errors throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the few chapters in which Jamie serves as laird of Lallybroch. Do you think the confidence and capability you see in him as a leader in those chapters carries over into later chapters, or does he develop into a leader for a moment and then revert to his ruffian self afterward?

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes of the novel is healing. Choose two or three scenes or symbols of healing from within the novel, and compare and contrast them. Remember that you may choose any scene or symbol, no matter how obscure, if you can defend your belief in its viability for this discussion.

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