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. After Captain Edward Ashburnham's death, Leonora Ashburnham shares with John Dowell a letter written by which of the following people:

2. What is Leonora Ashburnham's maiden name?

3. Where does Nancy Rufford live before she begins living with the Ashburnhams?

4. What is the name of the man with whom Leonora tries to have an affair?

5. How does Captain Edward Ashburnham die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you suppose Leonora Ashburnham never turned to her family for advice on her marriage?

2. Part 4, Chapter 4 seems to imply that the Ashburnhams have been lying to Nancy about her family. Is it right for the Ashburnhams to keep Nancy Rufford's family history a secret?

3. Is Leonora Ashburnham a sympathetic character?

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

5. 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?

6. Why does John Dowell continually excuse Captain Edward Ashburnham from the reader's judgment?

7. Does Leonora Ashburnham approve of the affair between Captain Edward Ashburnham and Maisie Maidan?

8. Why does John Dowell dislike Rodney Bayham?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does John Dowell not intervene in Edward Ashburnham's suicide? Does John fail to intervene because he wants to treat Edward as compassionately as one putting down a suffering old dog? Or does John not intervene for more sinister reasons? What are the possible motivations John may have for allowing Edward to die?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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