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 the narrator feel about playing bridge?

2. What annoys and astonishes Mrs Van Hopper?

3. With what does Mrs Van Hopper compare Manderley?

4. From the woods, where does Maxim say the right-hand path leads?

5. Jasper is what breed of dog?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the effect on the protagonist of her days spent with Maxim?

2. How might an alert reader/responder deduce that people are not seeing the protagonist's difference from Rebecca in a negative light?

3. What is special about Happy Valley?

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

5. In what way could Rebecca's death justly be termed a suicide?

6. Why does the protagonist say that she is coming to dread any reference to the sea?

7. In what ways does Mrs. Van Hopper reveal her snobbishness?

8. "The devil does not ride us any more" is an example of what kind of figurative language?

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

10. Why is the Manderley fancy dress ball so important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the moral problem that lies at the core of Rebecca. Do you think this has been presented satisfactorily? Why or why not? Be sure to refer closely to characters and events in the text.

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

"Rebecca contains a critique of the luxurious, idle lives of the British landed gentry." Do you agree? Is there evidence of such a critique?

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