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 do Hetty and Jack reminisce about?

2. What does Hetty encourage Harriet to make Margaret feel?

3. Why does Harriet think John married Margaret?

4. What is name of the character that first enters the scene?

5. What does Jack say he is shocked about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does John hate his job at the art gallery?

3. Describe Maximillian.

4. How does Margaret defy Maggie at the beginning of Act 2?

5. Why does Margaret think John is lucky to have her as a wife?

6. How does Mr. Brush persuade William to buy the portrait?

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

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

9. How does William try but fail to please Harriet in the first act?

10. Why does Hetty say she is the one who has suffered in Harriet's marriage to William?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

What is Mr. Brush's role in the play? Why does he not have an alter ego like the other main characters? How would Mr. Brush's role in the play change if he did have an alter ego?

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