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. What is Tom's reaction when Mrs. Lensky agrees to marry him?

2. What lesson about life did Ursula learn at an early age after her father insults her for stepping in the seed beds?

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

4. What type of child is Gudrun?

5. How does Anna view her relationship with her cousin Will?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the way Anna and William view Lincoln Cathedral as they walk through the doors.

2. Describe the woman Tom Brangwen decides to marry.

3. What does Ursula decide Winifred should do after they are no longer lovers?

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

5. Compare the temperaments of Gudrun and Theresa Brangwen.

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

7. What is Ursula's reason for refusing the marriage proposal from Anthony?

8. Describe Anna's thoughts about William's new job and their moving away from Cossethay.

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

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

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) 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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