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 is the narrator's attitude to the age-gap between herself and Maxim?

2. Who is responsible for attending to the narrator's letters?

3. To what does the word "gaucherie" refer?

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

5. In what setting does the narrator think Max de Winter belongs?

Short Essay Questions

1. "The devil does not ride us any more" is an example of what kind of figurative language?

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

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

4. 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?

5. What complications enter the story via Jack Favell?

6. In what ways does Rebecca conform to the genre of romance fiction?

7. What is special about Happy Valley?

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

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

10. Is James Tabb a rounded character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Manderley is the major character in the novel Rebecca." How far do you agree with this statement? What is the meaning of its destruction? Why doesn't Maxim simply rebuild it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Exploring moral dilemmas in fiction prepares us to make decisions in the real world." Discuss this statement, making close reference to the way characters deal with moral issues in Rebecca.

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