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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. How is Linnaeus' health at the beginning of the story?

2. What has Linnaeus taught his students?

3. When does Mendel begin his experiments?

4. Ruby, Jonathan, and the children talk about what when the children visit?

5. What are the conditions like when Ruby and Jonathan get together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Richard tell his students about Mendel's life?

2. The children talk about what when they visit Ruby and Jonathan?

3. Why does Richard smile and look at his wife when he tells the story of Mendel's life?

4. When a man and a woman arrive, who does Linnaeus think they are?

5. How does Linnaeus view what his pupils have done for him?

6. What does Linnaeus remember about Rotheram?

7. What vision does Linnaeus see near the fireplace?

8. What happens when Tati sees Antonia and Leiniger together in the greenhouse?

9. What happens when Ruby gets away from her family to call Jonathan?

10. In what state is Carl Linnaeus at the beginning of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barrett's characters also use other methods in addition to the scientific method. Using specific examples from the three stories, describe the alternatives to the scientific method in Barrett's stories.

Essay Topic 2

Barrett uses historical figures and events in many of her stories. How does the historical background, which she never explains explicitly, inform the stories? How does history, specifically the development of science in the nineteenth century, contribute to the development of the stories, plots, and characterizations? Using examples from the text, explain how history contributes to Barrett's stories.

Essay Topic 3

Death is a recurring presence in Barrett's stories. Citing specific examples from three stories, discuss the nature and importance of death in these stories. What does it mean to characters? Is death imbued with a scientific significance (i.e., does death ever follow Darwinian significance)?

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