Something Wonderful Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Judith McNaught
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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 does Alexandra say she is not that Jordan is?

2. Who thinks Elizabeth Grangerfield is acting disgracefully?

3. Why doesn't the Dowager want to say anything to Alexandra about her small social errors?

4. Who is Elizabeth Grangerfield?

5. Where does Alexandra land as she flies off the horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jordan's family learn about his whereabouts on the third day of waiting for news?

2. Where does Alexandra go right after the conversation with her mother about Will Helmsley?

3. What surprises the Dowager about Alexandra, and what is Jordan's response?

4. What does Alexandra immediately ask when the party arrives at Hawthorne and how does she occupy her time at Hawthorne?

5. How does Alexandra try to comfort the Dowager Duchess?

6. What does Jordan say to Lady Catherine about what he just saw and what is her reply?

7. What conversation do Mrs. Lawrence and her daughter have about Will Helmsley?

8. What is the history between Elizabeth Grangerfield and Jordan Hawthorne?

9. What happens nine years later that makes Jordan decide to stop having sexual relations with married women?

10. What does Jordan decide about having sex with Alexandra?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plots are sometimes said to be either character-driven or action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think Something Wonderful is more character-driven or action-driven? Or balanced between the two? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Something Wonderful ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are at least three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Something Wonderful and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Something Wonderful is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

Essay Topic 3

When Jordan and Alexandra arrive at an the first night of their wedding, Jordan tells Alexandra that she shouldn't worry about tonight, that he has no intention of sleeping with her. Alexandra agrees and says she never imagined he would because he would probably prefer sleeping in a room by himself, especially since she flails like a fish. Alexandra is obviously so naive, she misunderstands what Jordan is implying. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Alexandra as she changes from a rather naive woman to a sadder, but wiser, woman. What are the significant events that change Alexandra?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Aleandra's growth, do you think Something Wonderful could be considered Alexandra's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Something Wonderful who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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