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 enjoyable holiday does the bishop's wife mention?

2. For the narrator, what is the result of Mrs Van Hopper's illness?

3. How is the narrator reminded of an English spring?

4. In her dream of Manderley, the narrator stands . . .

5. Who first suggests the revival of the Manderley Fancy Dress ball?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What attracts Maxim to the protagonist of the novel Rebecca?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Could this novel have been called Manderley, not Rebecca?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Manderley is the major character in the novel Rebecca." How far do you agree with this statement? What is the meaning of its destruction? Why doesn't Maxim simply rebuild it?

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Examine the relationships of the couples presented in Rebecca. Look at Maxim and Rebecca; Maxim and his new wife; Rebecca and Jack Favell; Beatrice and Giles. How do these relationships affect the development of the story?

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