The Robber Bride 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 does Tony think would enjoy the contradictory images in her lecture in Chapter 1?

2. Who reverses words and thinks and writes them backwards?

3. What is the name of the shop at which Charis works?

4. In the first line of the book, when does the narrator say the story of Zenia ought to begin?

5. What date does Tony decide to use as the starting point for Zenia's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what tale Zenia gives Tony about her childhood and mother.

2. Explain the significance of Tony's lace-edged collars being mentioned in Chapter 1 alongside a mention of Tony's interest in wars.

3. Why is Tony a suitable narrator/chronicler of Zenia's story?

4. Explain Zenia's romantic history with West.

5. Describe Roz's feelings about her wealth.

6. Explain what has made Tony, Charis, and Roz friends.

7. Describe the memorial service for Zenia after her supposed death in Lebanon.

8. Why does Tony think of McClung Hall as a haven?

9. If Zenia is such bad business, why does Tony want to unravel the knot of Zenia and tell her story?

10. Describe Charis's relationship with Shanita.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zenia has affairs with three men in "The Robber Bride" and gets each of her lovers to leave his wife/girlfriend for her. Compare and contrast Zenia's relationships with West, Billy, and Mitch. Do you think she loved any of them? Which man do you think Zenia loved or wanted most? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the character of Zenia with each of the friends she betrays: Tony, Charis, and Roz. What draws each of the women to Zenia, and what draws Zenia to each of them in return? How does Zenia tailor her claims about her childhood to each woman? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

"The Robber Bride" takes place in Canada, and the characters live through the Vietnam era and the growth of the women's movement in the 1960s. Discuss how the geographical and chronological settings affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Margaret Atwood had set the novel in the United States during the 1940s instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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