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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. In what condition is the sofa-bed in the boathouse?

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

3. What color is the stone of which Manderley is built?

4. What sort of woman does the narrator crave to be?

5. At the time the narrator bought the postcard, how much was her weekly pocket-money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the protagonist's vision of her life in Manderley?

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

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

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

5. What, in her opinion, is the servants' attitude to the protagonist in Rebecca?

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

7. What do you think he means when Frank Crawley tells the protagonist that it's vitally important they they talk?

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

9. Comment on Ben's significance in this chapter.

10. Why does the protagonist feel that there is "a strange air of unreality" about her first luncheon with Maxim de Winter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the relationships of the couples presented in Rebecca. Look at Maxim and Rebecca; Maxim and his new wife; Rebecca and Jack Favell; Beatrice and Giles. How do these relationships affect the development of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Rebecca is a novel that could not exist without the British class system of the 1930s." Discuss with close reference to relationships depicted in the novel.

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