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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 do Tom, Alfred, Frank, the brother-in-law, William's brother, and six other men decide to do after Anna and Will leave for their cottage?

2. Why is Tom glad that his wife Lydia is there for him on Anna's wedding day?

3. What is the description of the relationship between Anna and William in this chapter?

4. Whose imminent visit from Nottingham excites the 18-year-old Anna?

5. Who does Tom believe he is destined to marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What type of life do the Brangwens have on the Marsh farm?

4. Explain William's feelings toward Anna as she discusses the wood carvings in the cathedral.

5. Are Anna and William satisfied with their lives?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) What are some of the differences between Anna's view of religion and William's religious beliefs?

2) What effect do the two different viewpoints of religion have on each of the characters?

3) Using examples from the novel, explain how they support or condemn each others religious beliefs?

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) What are Anton Skrebensky's views on the responsibilities of the individual in society?

2) Are his views dated or do they still hold true today?

3) Give examples from the novel and from today's world to justify your conclusion.

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