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. Who does Tom believe he is destined to marry?

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

3. What gives Anna complete happiness and fulfillment?

4. How does Anna get along with other children?

5. Where do the wedding party and guests go after the wedding ceremony?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Ursula and Anna.

2) Summarize the impact each character has on the other.

3) How is each character realistic in her view toward life, considering the time period in which the story takes place?

4) How do their roles as women differ? Cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

1) What is the message Lawrence is trying to convey about life at the end of the Victorian Era and the beginning of the new century?

2) Does she depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the Brangwen family?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life and relationships?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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