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 Anna's emotional response to the cathedral?

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

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

4. Who invites Anna and William to visit them in Briswell?

5. What are William's thoughts about the cathedral as he returns home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the toast Tom gives at Anna's wedding party?

2. How does William react when he sees Anna dancing naked in the bedroom?

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

4. What are the circumstances that bring Tom Brangwen to take over the farm at only eighteen years of age?

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

6. Explain how Anna views her relationship with her cousin, William.

7. Explain what William asks the girl sitting next to him at the Empire, and what they do together.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing D.H. Lawrence's writing style, use of dialogue, similes, metaphors, imagery, and point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

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) 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?

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