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 document have Toby and Euan uncovered?

2. How does Roland feel toward the cats?

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

4. What does the medium say that spiritualist séances accomplish?

5. Who does Euan believe rightfully owns Christabel and Ash's letters today?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Maud and Roland's relationship in France like?

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

3. How does Blackadder feel about his work?

4. What offer does Blackadder make to Roland?

5. What do Roland and Maud decide to do at the end of Chapter 18?

6. How does the subject of Christabel and Ash's letters come up at the race track?

7. How does Val feel about her new relationship?

8. How does the medium in the poem introduce her practices to the apprentice?

9. Describe Cropper's lectures.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the structure of the novel.

1) Why and how does the novel use letters, excerpts of poems, and journal entries in its telling of the story?

2) How does the novel gradually reveal the story of Ash and Maud?

3) How do the characters of Roland and Maud change over the course of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

One of the fundamental ideas in the novel is the nature of knowledge. Discuss knowledge and unknowability in the novel.

1) How is the characters' knowledge about their poets thrown into upheaval? How does what the characters "know" differ from objective truth?

2) What knowledge do the characters have about each other? How does Roland's knowledge of Maud change over the course of the novel?

3) What does the postscript at the end of the novel say about knowledge and its limits?

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