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. What does the narrator believe to be inevitable in everyone's life?

2. Of what does Mrs Danvers' face remind the narrator?

3. What does the narrator find in the raincoat pocket?

4. How had they left the library door?

5. How long after her drowning was Rebecca's body found?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Comment on the significance of the title "Je Reviens--I come back" for Rebecca's boat.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you assess the effectiveness of the opening chapters of the novel. Comment on setting, language, characters and the development of mystery.

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

"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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