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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. Who tells John Dowell that his wife and Captain Edward Ashburnham have been having an affair?

2. How does Captain Edward Ashburnham react toward Maisie Maidan's death?

3. In what position does Leonora find Maisie Maidan's body?

4. What time of day is it when John Dowell first hears of his wife's affair with Captain Edward Ashburnham?

5. During the visit to the castle, where does Florence Dowell touch Captain Edward Ashburnham on his body?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 2, John Dowell recites a folktale about a she-wolf who betrays her husband for a poet. Why is John's telling of the folktale significant?

2. How do the personalities of Florence Dowell and Leonora Ashburnham differ?

3. Have the Ashburnhams ever had physical or emotional affection for one another?

4. Describe the point of view from which The Good Soldier is written.

5. Does Florence Dowell indeed have a heart condition?

6. Is John Dowell justified in being angry at Leonora Ashburnham?

7. Based on John Dowells narration in Chapter 1, Part 1, do you think The Good Soldier will end in resolution or in tragedy?

8. Why does John Dowell identify with Leonora Ashburnham?

9. Why does Florence Dowell commit suicide?

10. Describe Nancy Rufford's relationship with Captain Edward Ashburnham.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Edward Ashburnham as a romantic hero. Is Edward Ashburnham wrong for satisfying his romantic desires or is he simply a libertine who casts aside the established norms of his society? Are Edward's sexual liaisons simply Edward's way of expressing his individuality? Is Edward more "free" than other characters because he acts on his desires and does not pay heed to the arbitrary obligations imposed by the institution of marriage?

Essay Topic 2

The Good Soldier makes explicit comparisons between the awkwardness and unruliness of American life and the stately and opulent life of an English estate. Ford juxtaposes American culture and English culture not only by throwing the American Dowells and the English Ashburnhams together, but also by describing the generous and industrious eccentricities of Florence's Uncle John. Explain the role nationalism plays in The Good Soldier. In the essay consider the following:

1. Do the characters' nationalities cause conflict in the novel? If so, how?

2. Considering that Ford is English, does he show any biases? Does Ford accurately render American sensibilities or does he stereotype them?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of money in The Good Soldier. How does money affect the characters' relationships in The Good Soldier? If money is truly power, which of the novel's characters are powerful? How do the novel's characters utilize the power of money?

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