The Death of Mrs. Westaway Test | Final 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. How many miles lie between Trepassen House and the village of St. Piran?

2. Hal considers in Chapter 33 that which character is the only one at Trepassen House who has never trusted her?

3. What kind of accent is Lizzie said to have?

4. The diary that Hal finds in the wooden box beneath her bed upon returning to Brighton contains handwriting similar to whose?

5. In the diary entry included at the end of Chapter 25, what object is revealed to have been used to scratch words into the attic window?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe a chapter that acts as a builder of tension and then as a diffuser of tension, for the purposes of maintaining suspense throughout the work.

2. What extra twist within Hester Westaway's will is revealed in Chapter 22 outside of Mr. Treswick's office?

3. How does the theme of self-deception arise within the narrative in Chapter 31 when Hal speaks to Harding from Brighton?

4. What feelings does Hal express to Ezra about the prospect of finding her biological father and how do they differ from her true feelings?

5. Describe an instance when Ware uses white space to intensify the impact of a particular sentence in the text.

6. What is the most popular theory among Abel, Ezra, and Harding in relation to their mother's motive for drawing up her will the way she had?

7. Who confronts Hal when she is making her escape from Trepassen House by way of the drawing room window and what do they say?

8. When Hal gets back to her flat in Brighton in Chapter 28 and finds a diary in the box under her bed, what does she learn?

9. Discuss an instance when Ware combines foreshadowing with the use of a literary device, such as a simile.

10. What is the real reason why Hal takes the four-mile walk to St. Piran village in Chapter 34?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose an object from The Death of Mrs. Westaway, such as the magpies, Maggie’s diary, or some other symbolic object and discuss its overall meaning and its connection to themes within the text.

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