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. How is Manderley's drive different from how the narrator imagined it?

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

3. In her dream, to whom does the narrator call?

4. What does Maxim tell Mrs Van Hopper about his valet?

5. What does the narrator find in the pocket of the car?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is it that Colonel Julyan and Jack Favell seem to be blind to concerning the meaning of Rebecca's note and her visit to Dr Baker?

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

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

5. Comment on the significance of Frank's comment that humans enjoy disguises.

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

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

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

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

10. In what ways is the protagonist of Rebecca a mystery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose TWO significant characters from the novel Rebecca. In a considered essay, discuss the way these characters and their roles in the story illustrate and/or connect with the novel's themes.

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