The Blind Assassin 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 item of Laura's does Iris find in her stocking drawer?

2. Who do the authorities conclude is responsible for setting fire to the button factory?

3. What item does the man often ask the woman to bring him?

4. What does Laura do that always gets her into trouble?

5. Where was Laura rumored to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Norval Chase respond to the stock market crash and following economic depression?

2. How is chapter 2 structured?

3. In chapter 4, X is hired to kill the king. How is X supposed to get close enough to the king to kill him?

4. Why do you think Richard married Iris?

5. In chapter 5, how do the two sisters feel toward their governess, Miss Violence?

6. In chapter 4, what is Richard Griffen's stance on creating jobs throughout government stimulus plans implemented in America by Franklin D. Roosevelt?

7. How do Winifred and Richard treat the Chase sisters?

8. In chapter 6, the man and the woman talk about love and the way the man often says that love isn't real. Do you think the man truly believes this?

9. Why is it awkward between Liliana and Norval Chase when he returns from the war?

10. In chapter 1, the protagonist of the sub novel looks at a picture. What does this picture depict?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Iris toys with the idea that people are compelled to leave their mark on the world, whether this is through actions, or leaving behind a message, or simply scrawling on the stall of the bathroom at a doughnut shop. Find at least three examples of times in which Iris reflects on the idea of leaving a mark. What is the significance of these passages in terms of the novel and sub novel? What do these say about Iris's own desire to leave something behind? What does Iris's refusal to share things about Laura say? Does this mean Iris thinks Laura would not have wanted to leave her mark in the same way she asserts all people do?

Essay Topic 2

The novel explores many issues related to social class, both in the main narrative and the sub narrative. Compare the rigid class structure of Sakiel-Norn to that of the early to mid twentieth century class structure as depicted in the novel. Make sure to address such issues as social mobility, the value of money, and the disconnect between public appearances and private actions.

Essay Topic 3

Though Port Ticonderoga is fictional, it is in many ways instrumental to the story of the Chase sisters' early life. Explain the significance of Port Ticonderoga and its history in relation to the story of the downfall of the Chase family dynasty. In what ways does having a fictional setting add to the novel and in what ways does it detract?

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