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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Hal do when she hears that Harriet Westaway has been awarded the remainder of Hester Westaway's estate?
(a) She sits down quickly.
(b) She faints.
(c) She screams.
(d) She covers her face.

2. Who follows Hal outside after breakfast in Chapter 18 and offers to show her the hedge maze?
(a) Freddie.
(b) Mitzi.
(c) Harding.
(d) Abel.

3. A trip to Trepassen House will require Hal to purchase a train ticket to what location?
(a) Penzance.
(b) London.
(c) Brighton.
(d) Stratford-upon-Avon.

4. Which character shakes Hal's hand upon meeting her in Chapter 12?
(a) Freddie.
(b) Ezra.
(c) Harding.
(d) Abel.

5. How many pounds does the client in Chapter 6 throw onto Hal's table before leaving the kiosk?
(a) 100.
(b) 60.
(c) 20.
(d) 40.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Hal prepares to meet the Westaway family at Trepassen House, she feels like what kind of athlete?

2. What types of birds attack Mr. Treswick's car as he and Hal approach Trepassen House?

3. Hal's tattoo on her side and back pictures what sort of bird?

4. To what creatures does the narrator compare the black sedans that bring the Westaway family to Trepassen from the funeral?

5. In what month does the narrative begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what occasion must the Westaway family travel to Penzance together and how do they get there?

2. For what reason is Hal herself dismayed when the contents of Hester Westaway's will are revealed?

3. How and why does Abel's reaction to the news about the inheritance differ from his brother Harding's reaction?

4. Discuss an instance when Ware uses a simile to indicate a violent emotional reaction.

5. Describe the three Westaway brothers' three different reactions to the news that Hal is Maud's daughter.

6. Which elements of Hal's accommodations within Trepassen House does Hal find creepy?

7. What drastic change in Hal's life occurred just before her 18th birthday?

8. Discuss an instance when Ware uses personification to suggest the qualities of Trepassen House.

9. In what way does Ware join together the themes of free will and responsibility?

10. What two metaphors having to do with games and sports does Hal conjure up when thinking about her plan to deceive the Westaway family?

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