Possession: A Romance Test | Final 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 does Melusine offer the knight to drink?

2. Who did Christabel choose to raise her child?

3. What does Ash give to Christabel to wear during their trip?

4. What does Randolf Ash do on the shore during the day?

5. What spiritual group does Blackadder discover Christabel was a part of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at Sabine's house when Christabel disappears?

2. What does Roland start to do at the end of Chapter 26?

3. What are Cropper's relationships with the Ash family like?

4. How does Ash show Christabel that she is not a possession?

5. How do Maud and Roland react to Euan's phone call?

6. What does Maud fear in relationships?

7. What does Roland think about Blackadder's letter?

8. What does Beatrice Nest overhear?

9. How does Blackadder feel about talking about Ash on television?

10. How does Blanche Glover feel at the end of her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, the characters are scholars who study two Victorian poets. Discuss the importance of poetry in the novel.

1) Why does Roland decide to write poems, and find a poetic voice, at the end of the novel? How is writing poetry different than studying and analyzing it?

2) What do poets accomplish with their poems in the novel? Who are the poems written for?

3) What causes poetry to persist over time in the novel? Why do the characters study poetry that is written far in the past?

Essay Topic 2

Knowledge and reality are constructed in different ways throughout the novel, and one way is by the consensus of a society. Discuss knowledge and reality as a group agreement in the novel.

1) Discuss the story of the giant that Ash writes about from Yorkshire. How do the local people create knowledge through myth? Identify other examples of this in the novel.

2) How do scholarly groups create reality through consensus in the novel? How does this affect the relationship between what is known and the objective truth?

3) What happens when the individual's perspective is different from the group consensus, as with Swammerdam?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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