The Emperor's Children Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Claire Messud
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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. What has Murray rejected about his upbringing?

2. What is Murray's perspective on his sister?

3. Where does Julius spend most of his time?

4. How does Danielle feel overall about her mother's style and attitudes?

5. Who is Murray's daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use the element of foreshadowing in this section?

2. What dominates Danielle's thoughts as she prepares to go to sleep?

3. What is the state of Julius' relationship with David after two months?

4. What does David represent to Julius when he meets him while on a work assignment?

5. How does an affair between Murray and Danielle get started?

6. When Marina and Julius meet to talk about Bootie, what emerges from the tone of their conversation?

7. How does the author use the literary technique of foreshadowing in this section?

8. Who is Bootie and what is his major life dilemma?

9. How do Murray and Marina deal with the issue of the dead cat?

10. Describe how Ludo takes on greater importance in Marina's life and what he tries to convince her to do regarding her father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What is the overall setting setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Messud choose to use these places in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

How does Messud address the gay culture in Manhattan in the early twenty-firstcentury? Is she authentic in her portrayal of gays during this time period? Does she slip into any stereotypes that may be found offensive? Does she portray gays in a flattering light in her book? Explain.

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