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 Tom finally meet Mrs. Lensky, carrying on a conversation with her?

2. What do Lydia and Tom discover about each other after two years of marriage?

3. What angers Anna about Will's attitude at church?

4. Where have generations of Brangwens lived?

5. How does Anna react as she sits at the bar while Tom goes to sell his cow at the cattle market?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Anna's emotional state when her mother marries Tom Brangwen.

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

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

7. Are Anna and William satisfied with their lives?

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

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

10. What is Tom's reaction when Anna hysterically screams that he is not her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the relationship between Tom Brangwen and Winifred Inger.

2) Are they a good match? Explain.

3) How do they interact with one another?

4) What are the qualities of their relationship?

5) Cite examples from the story proving their acceptance of one another for who they are.

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) During the novel, the reader is introduced to the views of women as depicted by Tom Brangwen, William Brangwen and Anton Bresnesky.

2) Compare the views which are revealed by these three men toward women.

3) Cite examples from the story. How do their attitudes toward women affect the way women react to them?

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