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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 is it about Anna that leaves William unsatisfied and unfulfilled?

2. What is the deep trouble that is between Anna and William?

3. What do Anna and William go to see that excites him so much?

4. Why is Millicent Skrebensky annoyed with William?

5. How does Anna react as she sits at the bar while Tom goes to sell his cow at the cattle market?

Short Essay Questions

1. What piece of advice does Alfred give Tom as they walk to Anna and William's cottage?

2. Explain William's relationship with Ursula after the birth of Gudrun.

3. Describe the hatred that grows in seventeen-year-old, Anna, toward her mother.

4. Summarize Anna's inner feelings when she is sent to a young ladies school in Nottingham.

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

6. What is William's physical and mental state after the birth of his third child?

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

8. Compare Tom's feeling toward his newborn son and his stepdaughter, Anna?

9. Describe what becomes of Lydia's first two children while she is living in Poland with her husband Paul.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Interpret the feelings Anna and William have for each other when they begin their relationship.

2) Are their emotions authentic? Explain.

3) Are they truthful with each other? Explain.

4) Compare these emotions with how they interact later in the novel, after they are married.

5) What regrets do they have at the end of the novel with regard to their relationship?

6) How does their relationship differ from the first part of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

1) During the novel, the reader is introduced to the views of women as depicted by Tom Brangwen, William Brangwen and Anton Bresnesky.

2) Compare the views which are revealed by these three men toward women.

3) Cite examples from the story. How do their attitudes toward women affect the way women react to them?

Essay Topic 3

1) Does Ursula remain true to her ideals of being an individual, responsible for herself, and working in a man's world?

2) What is her final decision with regard to her future?

3) Cite examples from the novel to support the answer.

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