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. Whose things are in the boathouse?

2. What can moonlight do, according to the narrator?

3. Who is responsible for attending to the narrator's letters?

4. Why does the narrator feel comfortable with her maid Clarice?

5. At the time the narrator bought the postcard, how much was her weekly pocket-money?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Is the protagonist's assessment of herself, as not having guts, a true one?

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

5. Why is Maxim against his wife going off after the dog Jasper?

6. What, in her opinion, is the servants' attitude to the protagonist in Rebecca?

7. What changes in the protagonist are evident in this chapter?

8. What do you think he means when Frank Crawley tells the protagonist that it's vitally important they they talk?

9. Comment on Ben's significance in this chapter.

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

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

"Daphne du Maurier's accomplishment is to build a tense and engaging story around an essentially weak protagonist." Do you agree? Discuss with close reference to the characters and relationships depicted in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

"The destruction of Manderley symbolizes the destruction of the genteel world of the early twentieth century, with all its hypocrisy." Do you agree? Write a substantial essay that reviews the themes of the novel.

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