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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. What special privilege does Max extend to the narrator?

2. What annoys and astonishes Mrs Van Hopper?

3. In her dream of Manderley, the narrator stands . . .

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

5. Why is the meal with Mrs Van Hopper eaten in silence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What leads to the protagonist's encounter with Mrs. Danvers in the west wing?

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

4. What criticisms of the British landed gentry are implied in this chapter of Rebecca?

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

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

7. How does the new Mrs. de Winter play into Mrs. Danvers' hands during their conversation.

8. What images relating to death are contained in this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a considered essay on characterization in Rebecca. Which characters are rounded and which flat? Are any of the characters stereotypes? Comment on the importance of minor characters like Robert, Ben and Giles.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Rebecca is the strongest character in the novel, yet she never appears in it." Do you agree that Rebecca is the strongest character? What makes a strong character? Write about 500 words.

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