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 advice does Leonora give Blackadder?

2. What difference between himself and Maud makes Roland feel as if he is in a romance novel?

3. What is the name of the knight in THE FAIRY MELUSINE?

4. How do Leonora and Cropper make contact in France?

5. What has happened to Roland's landlady's cats?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Ash's opinion on spiritualist mediums?

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

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

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

6. How does Val feel about her new relationship?

7. How do Roland and Maud feel about each other?

8. How does Ellen Ash feel about Christabel?

9. What does the knight tell Melusine when he first sees her?

10. Describe Cropper's lectures.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is subtitled "a romance." Discuss the ways in which the novel is a romance.

1) How is intellectual investigation a kind of romance? How are the characters obsessed and entranced by what they are investigating?

2) How do the characters make romantic connections with each other? What is romance, in the context of the novel?

3) How is the novel a romance, in the sense of being a fantasy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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