Overtones Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alice Gerstenberg
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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 sound fills the hotel and forces the characters to sit in silence?

2. What does Harriet berate William for not doing?

3. What does Margaret claim is the reason she and John are leaving the dining area?

4. What is the name of John's wife?

5. What kind of mood does William say Harriet is in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the group think about as the orchestra plays?

2. How does John try to flatter William?

3. Why does Maggie think John is taking his time over Harriet's portrait?

4. Why does Margaret say Harriet rejected the portrait?

5. How does Margaret react when John complains about his coffee?

6. Why does John say Harriet declined her portrait?

7. How does Margaret help John in the final section?

8. What does the play's ending say about the chronological setting of the play?

9. How does Harriet stop William from buying the portrait?

10. In what way is William's character the foil to the other characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the construction of Gerstenberg's argument.

1. How does she introduce her ideas?

2. How does she construct his ideas to come to logical conclusion?

3. What weaknesses and strengths can you identify in Gerstenberg's argument?

Essay Topic 2

Gerstenberg gives three of her main characters alter ego's with names that she has abbreviated from his or her's full name. For example, Harriet becomes Hetty. Pick one of the following characters and his or her alter ego and examine what meaning his or her's name brings to the two sides of his or her's personality:

1. Harriet/Hetty.

2. Margaret/Maggie.

3. John/Jack.

Essay Topic 3

How does Gerstenberg use her characters to express a life beyond the locations? How is the location used to express elements such as theme and character?

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