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. What is the name of Joy's son?

2. What does Lewis do to help ease the tension between him and Joy?

3. C.S. Lewis is also referred to by what name?

4. Lewis' brother has had too much of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What letter does Lewis receive? What does the scene reveal about the sender?

2. What topic does the conversation turn to after Joy arrives? What does Riley do? How does Joy react?

3. Where does scene 1 open? Describe the location. Who is present as the scene opens?

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

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 piece of furniture is mentioned in this scene? Why is this furniture important?

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

8. What stereotype does Warnie have about Americans? What does he mean by his statement?

9. What does Lewis declare to Joy? What does he ask of Harrington? How do Harrington and Riley respond to this news?

10. How are the vows recited in the scene? How does the scene keep the tenor of Lewis and Joy's relationship at this stage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one scene in the play and describe how you would stage this scene if you were in charge. What props would you use? What would the scene look like? What instructions would you give the actors for the scene?

Essay Topic 2

How does Lewis' experiences with his mother mirror the events of the play? What happened to Lewis' mother? Who is Lewis able to help because of his experiences? How?

Essay Topic 3

Which scene in the play do you think has the most impact? Why? Describe the scene and discuss what aspects of this scene make it an important one in the play.

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