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 is Maxim's attitude to his past life?

3. Who opens the car door for the narrator?

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

5. What Monte Carlo attraction will Mrs Van Hopper miss by leaving early?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reasons does Favell assert will prevent him from getting justice over Rebecca's death?

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

4. What is the difficult position Mrs. de Winter imagines she might shortly be in?

5. Show how honesty affects the relationship of Maxim and his wife during Chapter 20 of Rebecca.

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

7. Describe the protagonist's feelings the morning after the fancy dress ball.

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

9. Why does the protagonist think measles are a blessing in the context of the inquest?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 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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