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

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

3. What does Tom see in the loft of the barn that distresses him, making him feel like an old man?

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

5. What is Anna's initial reaction to her mother's marriage to Tom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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