Possession: A Romance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

A.S. Byatt
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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 advice does the woman give the child at the beginning of the journey?

2. When is the poem Swammerdam set?

3. What attraction of Roland's apartment is forbidden to him?

4. What does Blanche Glover refer to Christabel as?

5. Who does Roland live with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roland compare Maud to Christabel?

2. What does the child ask the apparitions that come to him on his journey?

3. How do the three apparitions describe themselves to the child?

4. How does Cropper feel about Blackadder?

5. What is the weather like on Roland and Maud's day trip away from Ash and Christabel?

6. What is Roland researching at the library?

7. Who are Ask and Embla?

8. How does Swammerdam's family treat him?

9. What does Roland read at the end of the chapter?

10. In her diary, how does Ellen describe the visit she gets while Ash is away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, scholars are in competition with each other, but they also must cooperate to find truths. Discuss competition versus cooperation in the novel.

1) Why do the characters keep information to themselves, as a possession? Why does Roland keep the letters, and why does Cropper "steal" photos of other letters of Ash? How does secrecy affect knowledge, both of the individual and society?

2) Why is Roland and Maud's picture of Ash and LaMotte incomplete without information from others? If they did not go to other scholars for cooperation, how would their final knowledge be different?

3) How does Cropper's attitude toward cooperation and competition differ from the other scholars in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the metaphoric meanings in LaMotte and Ash's poems and stories as presented in the novel.

1) What is the meaning of "The Threshold," and why is it placed where it is in the story?

2) What is the meaning of the portion of "The Fairy Melusine" in the novel, and why is it placed where it is?

3) What are the meanings of the portions of "Mummy Possest" and "Swammerdam" in the novel, and why are they placed where they are?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the idea of possession in the novel.

1) What types of things do people try to possess? How do people possess knowledge and the past?

2) How do people possess each other in the novel?

3) How do people lose themselves to possessions in the novel?

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