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 does Jack say he is shocked about?

2. What is the only thing Harriet likes about William?

3. What does Harriet tell Hetty she saved her from?

4. What does William apologize to Harriet for being?

5. What s the setting of the opening act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harriet persuade Margaret to leave the apartment?

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

3. Why is Hetty upset Harriet moves so close to William?

4. What moment in Act 2 suggests John and Margaret's marriage is in trouble?

5. Why is John's alter ego, Jack, in shock when he first appears?

6. How does Harriet try to avoid scandal from the situation between her, John and Margaret?

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

8. Why does William still want to pay John for his work?

9. How does Gesternberg symbolize John as a starving artist?

10. What does Hetty tell Harriet she represents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way do the characters' alter egos represent their true selves? What do you think would happen if one of the characters spoke out how they truly felt? How difficult is it to be your true self.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Gerstenbeg use so few settings? How does Gerstenberg create a world away from the few settings she uses? What colors and objects does Gerstenberg use and what meaning does it give to the setting?

Essay Topic 3

What are the main turning points of the story? How do turning points work to keep a reader interested in the story? When does Gerstenberg use her turning points and why does she use them at those particular moments?

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