Rebecca 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 Beatrice greet the narrator?

2. What gives the impression of a church archway?

3. What did the narrator do with the pieces of the figurine?

4. Of what does Mrs Danvers' face remind the narrator?

5. In her dream, to whom does the narrator call?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Maxim de Winter's attitude to Mrs. Van Hopper?

2. Why does the protagonist think measles are a blessing in the context of the inquest?

3. What does Mrs Van Hopper do to make contact with Maxim de Winter?

4. In what ways is the protagonist of Rebecca a mystery?

5. What is it that Colonel Julyan and Jack Favell seem to be blind to concerning the meaning of Rebecca's note and her visit to Dr Baker?

6. What is Maxim's response to Favell's threats?

7. What is the protagonist's vision of her life in Manderley?

8. What is the purpose of the opening chapter of Rebecca?

9. Comment on the layers of meaning in Chapter 19 of Rebecca.

10. What does the protagonist learn about herself during this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character did you most engage with when reading Rebecca? Which character did you most dislike? Write an essay in which you compare and contrast these two characters and reflect about what you have learned through experiencing them in the world of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

"Romance and drama are essential to interesting lives, and Rebecca supplies plenty of this!" Examine the romance and drama in Rebecca. What techniques does the author use to create a strong story that engages the reader?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is the novel Rebecca characteristic of the romance novel genre? Examine and comment on the structure and character dynamics in the novel. Write about 800 words.

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