The Handmaid's Tale 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 does the Latin phrase really mean?

2. What did Luke finally do with the cat?

3. What is strange about the shop Loaves and Fishes?

4. What did Offred want to do with the cat in Chapter 11?

5. In Chapter 11, where does Offred hope she will wake up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nick becoming a significant character by Chapter 11?

2. How does the professor describe Nick’s role?

3. Why does Serena Joy think that Offred ‘might as well’ sleep with Nick?

4. What might Offred expect after being taken?

5. Why does Offred pray in Chapter 11?

6. Where does Offred take the new Ofglen in Chapter 14? Why?

7. Why does Offred think about her age and height in Chapter 9?

8. How does Offred react when she is taken in Chapter 15?

9. In Chapter 10, what becomes different about Offred’s relationship to Luke, after the changes?

10. Why is the concentration camp documentary important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though the novel is rich in description, Offred actually spends a significant amount of time doing nothing. Examine the significance of ‘waiting’ in the context of the novel. When does Offred wait, and for what? How is this important?

Essay Topic 2

Offred leaves the novel on a deliberately ambiguous note. If the novel were to continue, what would her next chapter look like? Use the ‘professor’s’ speech from the end notes as the basis for your fictionalized version.

Essay Topic 3

Women and their roles play an overwhelming part in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Is this a feminist work? In what ways might it be considered feminist? Are there indications that it may not be, as well?

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