Something Wonderful Test | Final 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. Why does Jordan decide not to divorce Alexandra?

2. What does Fawkes' staff intercept?

3. What is Alexandra endangering?

4. Why does Jordan dismiss his scribe and cancel his appointments?

5. What does Alexandra do when Jordan asks if she wants him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lord Carstairs create more tension between Jordan and Alexandra?

2. Why does Jordan postpone his official duties for the day?

3. What does Anthony tell Alexandra that begins her getting over grieving Jordan?

4. What do Alexandra and Jordan do that helps them relax with each other?

5. What does Jordan initiate on the picnic and how does it reveal his feelings for Alexandra?

6. What two small mistakes does Alexandra make on the night of her coming out?

7. What is Alexandra's first response to Jordan's anger and how does Melanie change Alexandra's attitude?

8. About what does Jordan confide in Alexandra?

9. What increases Fawkes' belief that Alexandra and Anthony are plotting to kill Jordan?

10. What does Jordan hint about to Alexandra?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Alexandra. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Jordan. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss two other characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

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