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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 was the quality of Mrs Danvers' smile?

2. What object is Robert suspected of stealing?

3. What does Mrs Van Hopper think the narrator will like about New York?

4. What comment does Maxim make about Beatrice?

5. Which birds remind the narrator of Manderley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence is there of Rebecca's approach to her work of running Manderley?

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

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

4. In what way could Rebecca's death justly be termed a suicide?

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

6. What are safe topics for the protagonist to read aloud to her husband?

7. How might an alert reader/responder deduce that people are not seeing the protagonist's difference from Rebecca in a negative light?

8. Is the protagonist's assessment of herself, as not having guts, a true one?

9. What is special about Happy Valley?

10. Is it reasonable for Mrs. Danvers to blame herself for Rebecca's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The destruction of Manderley symbolizes the destruction of the genteel world of the early twentieth century, with all its hypocrisy." Do you agree? Write a substantial essay that reviews the themes of the novel.

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

What elements of the novel Rebecca do you think are similar to the fairy-tale? In your answer, refer to characters and structure as well as subtext. Does the novel subvert the fairytale elements to any extent?

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