The Historian Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elizabeth Kostova
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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. According to Part One, Chapter 2, what year did Paul’s mentor find the dragon book dated back to?

2. What is the printing date Howard Martin gives the dragon book when he analyzes it?

3. What famous establishment is the focus of the story told to Paul and the narrator in Part One, Chapter 7?

4. What type of business are the narrator and Paul at when Paul continues his story about the dragon book in Part One, Chapter 3?

5. What causes the narrator to notice the tall, dark man following her in Part One, Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Paul think of the monastery at Les Pyrenees-Orientales? How do you know?

2. Describe the narrator at the beginning of the events of the story.

3. Who is Helen? Why is she researching Dracula?

4. Explain how Paul began to research Dracula.

5. Explain Johan Binnerts’s importance to the narrator, according to Part One, Chapter 5.

6. Why is Paul concerned about Helen in Part One, Chapter 23? How does she reassure him?

7. How does Rossi react to Hedges’s death? What does this reveal about Rossi?

8. How does Paul know the woman he encountered in the library in Part One, Chapter 8 is also researching Dracula?

9. Explain Rossi’s travels as described in his letter in Part One, Chapter 9.

10. Explain what happened to Hedges when he was attacked in Part One, Chapter 12.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the fictional character of Dracula in The Historian with the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler. How are they alike? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

Give a brief literary analysis and critique of The Historian.

Essay Topic 3

Define suspense. How is it used in literature? Identify at least two examples of suspense in The Historian. What makes these moments suspenseful? How is each resolved?

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