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 kind of flowers are in the morning room's vases?

2. How far away do Beatrice and Giles live?

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

4. What object does Ben attempt to hide from the narrator?

5. What special privilege does Max extend to the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do you think he means when Frank Crawley tells the protagonist that it's vitally important they they talk?

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

6. How does the new Mrs. de Winter play into Mrs. Danvers' hands during their conversation.

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

8. What complications enter the story via Jack Favell?

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

10. What do the words "We have no secrets now" imply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

"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 3

"Daphne du Maurier's accomplishment is to build a tense and engaging story around an essentially weak protagonist." Do you agree? Discuss with close reference to the characters and relationships depicted in the novel.

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