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 react to her parent's relationship?

2. How does Tom feel as he watches his wife in the pain of childbirth?

3. Who dominates the whole wedding party?

4. What does Brangwen find to replace the desires he has for his wife?

5. How does Tom react when Anna refuses to let Tilly put her in her nightdress?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the Brangwens come into more money as they live on the Marsh farm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the impression Anna has of Baron Skrebensky and his new wife, Millicent with regard to their relationship.

9. Why do eleven of the men from the wedding party go to Anna and William's cottage?

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) Summarize how D.H. Lawrence uses local color and imagery to describe the Marsh Farm.

2) Cite descriptive examples of the farmhouse, landscape, the barn, and the animals at the farm.

3) Does the imagery Lawrence uses depict a clear and accurate picture of the farm and surrounding landscape?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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