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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. In what colors is the buoy painted?

2. What comment does Maxim make about Beatrice?

3. Whose things are in the boathouse?

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

5. Of what is Ben afraid?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the protagonist learn about herself during this chapter?

9. Why is Maxim so upset when his wife comments that there would never be any gossip about her?

10. What changes in the protagonist are evident in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Choose TWO significant characters from the novel Rebecca. In a considered essay, discuss the way these characters and their roles in the story illustrate and/or connect with the novel's themes.

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