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 does Tom crave more than ever from his wife?

2. Where have generations of Brangwens lived?

3. How does William adapt to life as a husband and father of three children?

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

5. Who is the person Anna meets that she considers a real person of consequence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Anna's emotions as her parents build a life together.

8. Are Anna and William satisfied with their lives?

9. Explain why William feels guilty when he looks out the door after his marriage to Anna.

10. Describe the woman Tom Brangwen decides to marry.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Ursula's coming of age throughout the novel.

2) What fears and emotions does she experience as he grows from childhood to adulthood?

3) How does her outlook on life, education, and love change as she develops from a young girl into a woman?

4) Cite examples of the character changes in Ursula throughout her life.

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) 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.

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