The Tale of Beatrix Potter Test | Final Test - Hard

Margaret Lane
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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. Beatrix's marriage marked the end of____________.

2. How big was Trouthbeck Park?

3. What does Lane say Beatrix was able to illustrate with her animal characters?

4. Lane describes the seam running underneath the main narrative of Beatrix's work as__________.

5. What did Beatrix find difficult about farm life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Beatrix's "The Fairy Caravan" about?

2. How was Beatrix treated in America?

3. How did Beatrix feel about old age?

4. What side projects did Beatrix pass her time with when she was not at her farm?

5. What does Lane believe was Beatrix's greatest achievement after her 'golden decade' of writing?

6. In what way was Beatrix's purchase of Hill Top Farm symbolic?

7. What does Lane suggest allowed Beatrix to add a deeper level of reality to her characters?

8. What does Lane note Beatrix's stories lacked?

9. Where did Beatrix settle her mother after her father's death?

10. How did Beatrix's parents react to her engagement to Mr. Heelis? How did her brother defend her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Beatrix's personality. How might one describe Beatrix's personality as a child? How did her personality change as she matured? What were her defining character traits?

Essay Topic 2

Beatrix's first serious romantic relationship was with Norman Warne. How did they meet? What sort of relationship did they have at first? How did they grow closer? How did Beatrix's parents react to their engagement? How did Beatrix handle Norman's death?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the illustrations and photographs used. Why might these particular visual aids have been chosen? What do they tell the reader about Potter? Does a story develop based on the pictures?

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