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 is the meal with Mrs Van Hopper eaten in silence?

2. What does Maxim tell his wife about the east wing?

3. How does the narrator define happiness?

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

5. How does Beatrice announce that she will be coming to lunch?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Maxim and his wife deal with what they reasonably expect could be their last evening together?

2. What is the difficult position Mrs. de Winter imagines she might shortly be in?

3. What complications enter the story via Jack Favell?

4. What is the purpose of the opening chapter of Rebecca?

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

6. Describe the protagonist's feelings the morning after the fancy dress ball.

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

8. Why is the Manderley fancy dress ball so important?

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

10. What impression of Beatrice is gained in this chapter of Rebecca?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Explain the moral problem that lies at the core of Rebecca. Do you think this has been presented satisfactorily? Why or why not? Be sure to refer closely to characters and events in the text.

Essay Topic 3

In a thoughtful essay, account for the continuing popularity of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Write about 500 words.

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