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 Mrs. Lawrence decide to do?

2. For how long has Alexandra tried speaking with Jordan?

3. Why does Jordan feel sorry for most women?

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

5. Who is attacking Jordan Hawthorne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the Dowager Duchess of Hawthorne and how does she react to Jodan's tale from the night before?

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

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

5. How does Jordan respond after the bandits are no longer a threat?

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

7. What does Sir Roderick Carstairs say in response to Leticia Bildrup's opinion about Elizabeth Grangerfield?

8. What does Mrs. Lawrence think will save her family?

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

10. About what does Jordan change his mind and how does Alexandra respond? How does this scene begin a change in Jordan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

McNaught chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, omniscient narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. When do you think an author is most likely to use the first person point of view? Second person? Third person omniscient? Third person limited?

4. Do you think the narrator in Something Wonderful is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

5. What is your favorite point of view to read? Or do you have a favorite.

Essay Topic 3

The topic of marriage is woven throughout Something Wonderful. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the following attitudes toward marriage that the following characters seem to take: Alexandra (both at the beginning of the novel and at the end); Jordan (both at the beginning of the novel and at the end), Lady Catherine Harrington, Jordan's mother, Mrs. Lawrence and The Dowager Duchess.

2. How do you think the characters listed above would view marriage if they had similar personalities but lived in the 21st century United States?

3. If you were someone who knew nothing of England and her social customs of the time and took a couple years to observe its people, what would you say about the institution of marriage in England at the time (early 1800s)?

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