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. Where do Ash and Christabel meet after the incident of the stolen letter?

2. How does Ash address the recipient of the letters?

3. Who is interested in Christabel LaMotte's writings?

4. Where do Roland and Maud decide to go together to further their investigation?

5. What kind of interpretation does the writing that Maud gives Roland put on Christabel's imagery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did Maud get the pin that she is wearing in her turban?

2. Why is Mrs. Wapshott unwilling to sell Ash's letters to Cropper?

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

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

5. What does Maud tell Beatrice about the importance of what she finds in Ellen's journal and papers?

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

7. What are Maud and Roland concerned might happen to their find in Christabel's room?

8. How does Swammerdam's family treat him?

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

10. What does Ash ask for, in his letters to the unknown woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss sexuality in the novel.

1) How is sexuality related to identity? What meanings does sexuality take on that are based on cultural perspectives? How is sexuality politicized? How does this affect Maud's life and relationships?

2) How is sexuality intertwined with intellectual experience, for Roland, Ash, Maud, and LaMotte?

3) What internal and external forces cause characters in the novel to act outside of the expected societal norm, in terms of sexuality? Discuss Leonora, Maud, Ash, Blanche, and Christabel's experiences of their own sexuality.

Essay Topic 2

The characters pursue knowledge, but they find only an interpretation, not an objective truth. Discuss objective reality in the novel.

1) How do the characters judge the relationship of their knowledge to objective truth? Can the characters ever know that they've accessed objective truth, and how might they?

2) Does objective truth have meaning to the characters? Which is more powerful in affecting the characters' lives, objective truth or the accepted understanding of reality that the characters' share?

3) How does the characters' literary investigation compare to a scientific investigation?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss point of view in the novel.

1) What different points of view does the novel use to present both modern and historical events? Why does the author present events from different perspectives? How does point of view affect the interpretation of events?

2) How do the characters', particularly Roland and Maud's, perspectives change over the course of the novel?

3) How are Ash and LaMotte's perspectives of themselves different from the perspectives of others, both in their own time and in the future?

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