The Stone Diaries Test | Final 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. Chapter 6 is composed of letters to whom?

2. The final chapter is filled with what emotion from Daisy?

3. Daisy is moved from a hospital to where?

4. Daisy alternates between being completely normal and what?

5. Where is Warren now living?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Skoot Skutari and how does he relate to the story?

2. What person's possible reason for Daisy's depression makes the most sense to you and why?

3. What changes about the way Daisy handles her own mental state in chapter seven?

4. What seemingly strange behavior does Cuyler exhibit on the day of his death?

5. In chapter nine, it seems like everyone is married and has children. What is the symbolism of that?

6. Does Daisy seem comfortable with her life when she is in her early 70s?

7. In what negative way is the image of stone used in chapter eight?

8. How does Daisy make use of her imagination in chapter ten?

9. How does stone play a role in chapter ten?

10. Based on everything you've read up to the end of chapter nine, do you feel that Daisy was a good wife and mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of the book, Daisy seems to have a view that women are more or less destined to lead ordinary and boring lives and are meant to somehow suffer. Describe, in detail, whether or not you agree with that opinion and what your reasons are. Be sure to use examples from both the book and your own life experiences in your answer. Also, explain how you think Daisy's view of the role of women changed throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following themes in the book and describe, in detail, at least three instances where the theme occurs in the book and what the results of those occurrences were. Also, explain how you think the book would have been different if each of those instances didn't occur.

Marriage

Death

Abandonment

Essay Topic 3

Use at least five detailed examples from the book to explain the significance of plant life in the story. Also, explain at least one example of how plants, or life in general, are tied into the theme of stone in the story.

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