Rappaccini's Daughter 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 Giovanni hear when Lisabetta opens the garden gate?

2. Who stops Giovanni in the streets?

3. How does the author describe the glance Baglioni scrutinizes Giovanni with?

4. As far as which city does Lisabetta say Rappaccini is known?

5. What is Baglioni a professor of?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Baglioni react to Giovanni's rudeness?

2. How do Baglioni's word affect Giovanni when he goes home?

3. What affect do Baglioni's words have on Giovanni?

4. How parts of the story suggest that Giovanni is an innocent?

5. Describe the journey from Giovanni's house to Rappiccini's garden?

6. How does Giovanni try to stop thinking about Beatrice?

7. How has spending so much time in her father's garden affected Beatrice?

8. What is Lisabetta's opinion of Dr. Rappaccini?

9. Why does Baglioni say Giovanni should be wary of Rappaccini?

10. How does the author describe Rappaccini's garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the book.

How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

Essay Topic 2

How is the garden an important element in the story's theme of innocence? What aspects of the garden represent innocence?

Essay Topic 3

Away from the main character, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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