The Death of Mrs. Westaway Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ruth Ware
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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. About how many years before the narrative present had Hal taken out a loan from Mr. Smith?

2. What is NOT an emotion Hal feels as she looks at pictures of the Westaway family's opulent lifestyle?

3. In what room within Trepassen House does Hal discover and look at a photograph album?

4. At the end of Chapter 2, Hal feels which emotion that "she hadn't dared to feel in many years" (12)?

5. For about how many minutes do Harding and Abel ask questions of Hal in Chapter 13 once she has been introduced to them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mrs. Warren?

2. What meaningful item does Hal keep on her mantelpiece and what does the object symbolize?

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

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

5. What alarming development happens at the funeral for Hester Westaway?

6. How does the theme of trust enter the narrative within the diary entry featured at the end of Chapter 10?

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

8. What severe mistake does Hal nearly make when talking to Freddie, Harding's 12-year-old son, for the first time?

9. What does the narrator mean with the claim that Hal tells her clients not only what they wanted to hear, but "What they needed to know as well" (24)?

10. Describe Hal's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the ways in which the themes of adaptability and resignation appear within Ware’s novel The Death of Mrs. Westaway. What message is Ware sending about these two themes over the course of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Write a critical essay about The Death of Mrs. Westaway while using the critical power theory lens of Marxist theory. Use textual evidence to back up your strong, specific claim regarding the novel's treatment of issues such as socioeconomic status, hierarchies, wealth, class, or any other issues related to Marxist theory that can be found in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

What is the function of Ezra’s character within the novel? Discuss the characterization methods used by Ware in depicting Ezra and include in your discussion the reasons that Ware portrays Ezra in these particular ways.

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