The Rainbow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Anna feel about people she meets outside the Marsh farm?

2. What is Ursula's impression of her father?

3. What does William witness that torments him for the rest of his life?

4. As Anna observes the Skrebensky's relationship, what does she wish for herself?

5. Who tries to comfort William when the stress of four children becomes a heavy burden for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tom's reaction when Anna hysterically screams that he is not her father?

2. After the birth of their son, Lydia does have the passion for Tom that she once had. How does he deal with the desires he has for his wife?

3. Explain the relationship between Lydia and Tom after two years of marriage.

4. Describe the relationship of William and Anna as the days go on.

5. Describe the situation that hardens Ursula to the outside world.

6. How does Tom manage to calm Anna down when she constantly screams for her mother while Lydia is in labor?

7. Explain how Lydia rises out of her darkness and indifference to make a new life for herself.

8. What is it that finally allows Anna to give up her adventurous spirit and wonder of life?

9. Describe Anna's emotions as her parents build a life together.

10. Explain why William feels guilty when he looks out the door after his marriage to Anna.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing D.H. Lawrence's writing style, use of dialogue, similes, metaphors, imagery, and point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

Essay Topic 2

1) Compare and contrast the role of women in the novel with the role of women in today's American society.

2) Cite specific examples from the novel, detailing women's jobs and responsibilities.

3) Which of the women in the novel would find today's role of women appealing and in what way?

Essay Topic 3

1) Evaluate the elements of cause and effect in this story using examples from the novel.

2) Choose three events from the story which cause Lydia Lensky's life to undergo a change.

3) How does she react to the events and their effects?

4) How does she grow emotionally in her own life and in her attitude toward her first husband, her second husband and her daughter because of these changes?

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