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. In Chapter 20, Hal overhears Harding telling Mitzi that which character had included the words "Apres moi, le deluge" (163) in her final letter to him?

2. In Chapter 12, Hal sees how many long black sedans pull up beneath her attic window?

3. When Hal returns to her kiosk after chasing after her client, what sign does she notice that she may not be alone when she enters her flat?

4. One of the reasons Hal believes the letter about Trepassen House to have been a mistake is because her maternal grandmother's first name had been what?

5. What is Hal's legal first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the drastic change just before Hal's 18th birthday transform her life?

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

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

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

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

6. What distinction does Hal make between two different types of her clientele?

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

8. How does the reader come to find out that Maud and the writer of the diary had been cousins?

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

10. Who is Mrs. Warren?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the themes of deception and secrecy function within The Death of Mrs. Westaway and what is Ware’s message regarding these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Could The Death of Mrs. Westaway be classified as a coming-of-age story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sensory details are used frequently by Ware in order to create vivid pictures of each character's progression through the narrative of The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Choose three scenes in which sensory details are heavily used and discuss how the sensory details used serve Ware’s creation of vivid characters to populate the narrative.

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