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. Which character declares in Chapter 24 that he wants none of his mother Hester's money?

2. With glasses of what type of alcohol do Hal, Ezra, Abel, and Harding make a toast to Hal's mother in Chapter 37?

3. Which character is NOT named as an executor of Hester Westaway's will?

4. Lizzie reports having seen Maggie sporting "a black eye and a split lip" (259) while on her way to what location one day?

5. Who sends Hal a text message with a code enclosed that will act as her train ticket back toward Trepassen House?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Hal sustain a physical injury in Chapter 38?

3. In Maggie's diary entry dated "11th December, 1994," (208) what action is Hester said to have taken after finding out about Maggie's pregnancy?

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

5. 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.

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

7. Who is Lizzie?

8. What is Abel's reply when Hal asks him who had taken the photograph he had given to her and why does Hal believe his answer to be false?

9. 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?

10. In Chapter 24, Hal announces to the Westaway family at Trepassen House that she has made what decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explicate the theme of family bonds within The Death of Mrs. Westaway. What is Ware’s message regarding family bonds and how do you know?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Ware's choice to tell the story of The Death of Mrs. Westaway using a third person omniscient narrator. What elements of the novel's themes lend themselves to this choice and what are Ware’s intended effects on the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Ware's treatment of truth, lies, and hypocrisy within the text of The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

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