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

2. Of what is Ben afraid?

3. What is an appropriate word to use for the dream picture of Manderley's grounds and garden?

4. What quality of the narrator's does Maxim de Winter value?

5. What is it that the narrator describes as like a dark hand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What attracts Maxim to the protagonist of the novel Rebecca?

4. What factor does the narrator feel has been pivotal to the way her life has turned out?

5. Why and in what way does the protagonist behave uncharacteristically?

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

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

8. What does the protagonist learn about herself during this chapter?

9. What is special about Happy Valley?

10. What does Maxim say is missing from his proposal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a thoughtful essay, examine the place of landscape in the novel. Does it connect with character, theme and action? Does it provide emotional depth? Remember that there is not only the landscape at Manderley. Write 500 words.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways is the novel Rebecca characteristic of the romance novel genre? Examine and comment on the structure and character dynamics in the novel. Write about 800 words.

Essay Topic 3

Which character did you most engage with when reading Rebecca? Which character did you most dislike? Write an essay in which you compare and contrast these two characters and reflect about what you have learned through experiencing them in the world of the novel.

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