The Stone Diaries Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Flett's son do for a living?

2. Daisy's marriage was never what?

3. What is the name of Daisy's neighbor?

4. Daisy is cold towards Barker's niece and does what?

5. What is the name of Barker's niece?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Daisy's attitude, early in chapter four, regarding her late husband's death?

2. Why do you think that Daisy and her family are restless, in chapter five?

3. Describe the difference in attitude about the state of Daisy's life between Daisy and her friend, Fraidy.

4. What does Harold Hoad's background suggest about his mental state and how does that play out in the chapter?

5. Describe Daisy's perception of herself through chapter four.

6. How do you feel about the layout of the book so far, particularly the large time gaps between chapters?

7. Who has more control in the Goodwill's relationship?

8. Describe Mercy's manner and appearance.

9. Describe the circumstances surrounding Daisy's birth.

10. Is Mercy a good wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harold Hoad makes a very brief appearance in the story and, in fact, Daisy doesn't even tell her children that she had a first husband.

Part 1. Why do you think that Harold was in the story?

Part 2. What do you think the story would have been like if Harold didn't exist?

Part 3. Do you think Daisy should have told her children about Harold? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Part 1: Choose and explain in detail at least three places in the story where stone was used to symbolize something positive.

Part 2: Choose and explain in detail at least three places in the story where stone was used to symbolize something negative.

Part 3: What do you think the author was trying to accomplish by using the over all symbolism of stone throughout the story?

Essay Topic 3

Magnus Flett spends most of the book in the Orkney Islands, yet he seems to greatly influence Daisy. Using several examples from the book, describe, in detail, why you feel that Daisy is so greatly influenced by thoughts of, and later a visit to, Magnus Flett. Also, do you think Daisy feels closer to Magnus Flett than to her own father? If so, in what ways. If not, why not?

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