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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. To what does the word "gaucherie" refer?

2. Why does the narrator think "ripping" is a poor word to describe her two weeks in Maxim's company?

3. What does Maxim tell his wife about the east wing?

4. Jasper is what breed of dog?

5. What was the quality of Mrs Danvers' smile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Comment on the protagonist's feelings in Chapter 17 of Rebecca.

3. What impression of Beatrice is gained in this chapter of Rebecca?

4. Comment on the protagonist's conversation with Ben.

5. What is the effect of the description of the London streets in Chapter 26 of Rebecca?

6. In what ways does Rebecca conform to the genre of romance fiction?

7. 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?

8. What suggests that, when the story opens, the protagonist is in a climate different from that of the British Isles?

9. What complications enter the story via Jack Favell?

10. What are safe topics for the protagonist to read aloud to her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In a thoughtful essay, examine the place of landscape in the novel. Does it connect with character, theme and action? Does it provide emotional depth? Remember that there is not only the landscape at Manderley. Write 500 words.

Essay Topic 3

Did Rebecca de Winter deserve to die? Should her husband have been punished (through the law) for her murder? Examine the moral dilemma. Is there indeed a moral dilemma at all? Write the text of a speech you might give to some law students.

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