The Good Soldier Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is discovered about John Hurlbird's health after his death?

2. In Monte Carlo, what expensive gift does Captain Edward Ashburnham buy the courtesan with whom he is obsessed?

3. Of her mother and father, whom does Nancy prefer?

4. What is Leonora Ashburnham's maiden name?

5. Who is the first person to beseech Captain Edward Ashburnham to get married?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 3, Chapter 4, John Dowell describes many unfortunate circumstances that contributed to the downfall of the Ashburnham marriage. With John's sympathetic portrait of the Ashburnhams in mind, do you think unfortunate circumstances are to blame for the destruction of the Ashburnham marriage or are the Ashburnhams themselves to blame for its downfall?

2. Of what significance is the discovery that John Hurlbird's heart disease was a misdiagnosis?

3. In Part 4, Chapter 5, John Dowell claims that he is jealous of Leonora Ashburnham. What reason does John have for being jealous of Leonora?

4. Do you think Nancy is a good judge of character?

5. Leonora accepts many of Captain Edward Ashburnham's affairs; however, Leonora does not accept Edward's affair with Florence Dowell. Why does Leonora especially disapprove of Edward's affair with Florence Dowell?

6. Describe the fight that takes place in Part 4, Chapter 2, between Leonora Ashburnham, Nancy Rufford, and Captain Edward Ashburnham?

7. Is Leonora Ashburnham a sympathetic character?

8. Do you think the Ashburnhams have ever consummated their marriage?

9. If Leonora has been so patient and accommodating of Captain Edward Ashburnham's actions, why is Leonora unable to forgive Edward for giving money to the woman accused of murdering a baby?

10. Given Captain Edward Ashburnham's adulterous history, why does Leonora Ashburnham send Edward and Nancy to a concert together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is Edward Ashburnham a sympathetic character or is he entirely a villain? If Edward is indeed sympathetic, in what instances can the reader view him sympathetically?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of Nancy Rufford's insanity. Why does Nancy go insane? Does Nancy's insanity reveal anything about the novel's overall message? Does Nancy's insanity reveal anything about the author's attitude toward Nancy? Is it significant that Nancy goes insane rather than dying or committing suicide as the novel's other characters have?

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