The Marquise of O, and Other Stories Test | Mid-Book 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 Marquise request when she writes to her parents?

2. What does the Count claim when he visits the family?

3. How does the family feel about the Count's behavior?

4. Where is the Count headed when he stops at the Marquise's home?

5. How does the Count shock the Marquise's brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Count shock the Marquise's brother?

2. What does the Marquise's mother do to prompt a reconciliation between the Marquise and her father?

3. What kind of life does the Marquise decide to lead after she leaves the family home?

4. What happens following the attack?

5. During dinner with the Marquise and her family, what does the Count tell them about?

6. Why does the Count want to marry the Marquise, and how does she feel about the idea?

7. What happens soon after the family hears of the Count's death?

8. What does the Marquise refuse to do before leaving the house?

9. What does the doctor tell the Marquise, and how does the Marquise react?

10. What is surprising about the Count's visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the woman's place in the short story "The Marquise of O". Who are the female characters of the story? How is their behavior affected by the social rules of the time period in regards to women, both married and unmarried?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of judgment in the short stories from "The Marquise of O, and Other Stories." What examples of judgment can be found in the story "The Marquise of O" and how do these examples affect the protagonist? What examples of judgment can be found in the story "The Earthquake in Chile"? How do these examples affect the protagonist?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of mercy in "The Marquise of O, and Other Stories." Who shows mercy for others? Which characters receive mercy from others? Why are these characters in need of mercy from others? Which characters are merciless, and how does this affect others?

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