Splendors and Glooms Test | Final Test - Hard

Laura Amy Schlitz
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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. Who is said to have fallen through the ice and drowned in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 47?

2. What does Parsefall hand to Clara on the ice in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 47?

3. What was the name of Parsefall’s sister whom he mourned at the workhouse in Splendors and Glooms?

4. What gemstone is on the necklace that Parsefall takes in order to give it to Lizzie Rose in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 35?

5. Cassandra tells Lizzie Rose and Parsefall in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 32 that she has set out several items for them to choose as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Christmas at the Wintermute estate described in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 40?

2. What leads Lizzie Rose to the decision that she and Parsefall must run away from Strachan’s Ghyll in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 42?

3. What gift does Parsefall choose from Cassandra’s table in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 35?

4. What is the outcome of the narrative for Cassandra in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 51?

5. What actions does Clara commit in order to warn Parsefall and Lizzie Rose in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 33?

6. What does Clara do with the phoenix-stone once she’s stolen it in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 46? Who tries to stop her?

7. What takes place in the climax of the novel in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 46?

8. How does Cassandra say she came into possession of the phoenix-stone in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 49?

9. How is Cassandra’s condition described in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 49?

10. What does Lizzie Rose do upon awakening in Part Two: “Ice,” Chapter 30? Who watches her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Cassandra in the novel. Of what is she dying? Why does she blame her impending death on a stone? What kind of stone is it? Who does Cassandra think can help her prevent her impending death?

Essay Topic 2

Dickensian style in Splendors and Glooms

a. In what ways does Splendors and Glooms exhibit stylistic elements similar to those of Charles Dickens? How do the characters in the story relate to the characters created by Dickens?

b. Discuss the character names in the novel. How do these names reflect the characteristics of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the setting established in the beginning of Splendors and Glooms. During what time period does the story take place? What clues from the author indicate this? Where specifically does the story begin? What years historically comprise the “Victorian era”?

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