Ring around the Moon 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. Who enters Act 1, Scene 2 with a guest list?

2. What is the first topic of conversation in Act 1, Scene 1?

3. What excuse does Romainville give for inviting Isabelle to stay in a local inn?

4. What does Hugo say in Act 1, Scene 2 are his feelings for Isabelle?

5. Who invited the Messerschmanns to visit at the chateau?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Messerschmann ask Joshua to keep his new wealth a secret, and how does this further the theme of the play?

2. Which characters in this play represent "old money," and which characters represent "new money?"

3. How does Madame Desmortes introduce Countess Funela to Hugo?

4. Why does Madame Desmortes question Romainville about Isabelle's lineage, and what answer does she receive?

5. What impression does Hugo want to give the guests at the ball regarding his feelings and Isabelle's feelings?

6. How does the conservatory differ at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2, as compared to Scene 1?

7. How does Hugo blackmail Patrice, and what does he want Patrice to do?

8. Describe the setting of "Ring around the Moon."

9. In what way does Hugo nearly foil the efforts of Madame Desmortes in Act 3?

10. Describe the tango scene between Patrice and Lady India.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of Hugo and Madame Desmortes. Whose schemes are more convoluted? Whose schemes are ultimately more successful?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Frederic sleep in the rhododendrons beneath the window of his fiancee, Diana? Does this character flaw continue throughout the play? Will he be likely to follow a similar course of action after becoming engaged to Isabelle, or do they have a different kind of relationship?

Essay Topic 3

How do Messerschmann and Romainville represent "new money" and the new era of industrialization and rebuilding which took place after World War II? What do Messerschmann's actions at the end of the play indicate about the value of money, especially the value of "new money?"

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