The Tale of Beatrix Potter 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. According to Chapter 2, which of the following did not bother Beatrix?

2. What was Beatrix's first children's book?

3. What holiday did the Potter family never celebrate?

4. What did Beatrix use to help draw the art for "The Tale of Two Bad Mice"?

5. How did children respond to "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were Bertram and Beatrix in the countryside with their father?

2. How was the Warne family different from Beatrix's family?

3. What kind of job did Beatrix's father have? What did he do in his spare time?

4. What happened when Beatrix wrote a paper on mold spores?

5. What kind of lifestyle did Beatrix's parents live while in Bolton Gardens?

6. What did Beatrix think of Scotland?

7. How did Beatrix feel about her life growing up?

8. Who was Canon Rawnsley?

9. Describe the Potter family's schedule during Beatrix's childhood.

10. How was Beatrix viewed socially as she grew up and became an adult?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Beatrix's venture into politics. Why did she become interested in politics? What aspects of politics did she become interested in? How did these interests relate to her work as a writer and illustrator?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and interpret Beatrix Potter's canon of work. What are some common themes and motifs of the stories? Who are some of the more popular characters? Where did Beatrix gain inspiration from for the characters and settings of the books? Why were some of the stories more successful than others?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret the members of Beatrix's family. What were the defining characteristics of Beatrix's father, mother, and brother? What does the reader learn of Beatrix's family history? Did Beatrix get along well with her family? Why or why not?

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