Rebecca Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. From the woods, where does Maxim say the right-hand path leads?

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

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

4. What gives the impression of a church archway?

5. Why is the meal with Mrs Van Hopper eaten in silence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the effect of the description of the London streets in Chapter 26 of Rebecca?

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

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

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

5. What criticisms of the British landed gentry are implied in this chapter of Rebecca?

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

7. Why is Maxim against his wife going off after the dog Jasper?

8. What is the overall tone of the opening chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Did Rebecca de Winter deserve to die? Should her husband have been punished (through the law) for her murder? Examine the moral dilemma. Is there indeed a moral dilemma at all? Write the text of a speech you might give to some law students.

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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