Shadowlands Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Nicholson
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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. Lewis mentions a letter from whom?

2. Who does Joy tell Lewis that he should check with about his plans?

3. What does Lewis promise Joy?

4. In the first scene, how many room are there?

5. Where does scene 10 open?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Warnie concerned about as the scene opens? Why is he concerned about this?

2. Who is C.S. Lewis? How is he described in the play?

3. What does the doctor tell Lewis? What mood is Joy in at this time? What do Joy and Lewis discuss?

4. Who startles Lewis? What does this person tell Lewis? How does he feel about the news?

5. How do the four men feel about Joy's condition and her improvement? How do they handle the news that Joy is improving?

6. What topic does Lewis discuss as the scene opens? What does he reveal to the audience?

7. Where do Joy and Lewis decide to go? Why? What is this trip like?

8. What does Lewis ask Joy? How does she feel about this request?

9. What are Lewis and Douglas talking about when the scene opens? What input does Joy give on this topic?

10. What do Lewis and Joy discuss in the scene? How do they feel after this conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Lewis and Warnie's impressions and feelings about Joy in the first act of the play. How to the two men see Joy? How do their feelings change and evolve about Joy through the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of friendship in the play. What characteristics of friendship are presented? What negative aspects of friendship are presented? Who do you think best portrays friendship in the play? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In the first scene of the play, Lewis describes what is meant by "Shadowlands." What definition does he give to this term? Why do you think the play is titled by this? What meaning does the play give us for what the Shadowlands are?

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