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 show she is nervous around the servants?

2. What enjoyable holiday does the bishop's wife mention?

3. How does the narrator respond to Maxim's note?

4. What is significant about the man the narrator meets on the beach?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Comment on the scene that takes place in Rebecca's room.

2. Could this novel have been called Manderley, not Rebecca?

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

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

5. What are the reasons the protagonist gives for her fear of stifling in Mrs. Van Hopper's room?

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

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

8. What information about Jack Favell is important in this chapter.

9. 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?

10. What complications enter the story via Jack Favell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Manderley is the major character in the novel Rebecca." How far do you agree with this statement? What is the meaning of its destruction? Why doesn't Maxim simply rebuild it?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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