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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 a cow give birth to in Chapter 7?

2. Why doesn't Jane notice the shift in Chapter 8?

3. According to Beetle, why is the midwife's surname Sharp?

4. Why is Thomas At-the-Bridge called upon in Chapter 7?

5. What does Beetle tell the cat about at the end of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does a man mistake Beetle for at the fair? What amazes Beetle about this?

2. How is the miller punished for stealing from his customers in Chapter 7?

3. What does Brat do for the woman in Chapter 1, and what does she receive in return?

4. Why is Beetle able to enjoy the fair so much in Chapter 5?

5. What does Beetle do when the miller drags her to deliver his wife's baby?

6. What happens one day while Alyce is telling Purr about the delivery of the twin calves?

7. What item catches Beetle's eye at the fair?

8. How has Jane earned her position as midwife to the village?

9. What do the villagers dislike about Jane?

10. What does Beetle do when Jane is delivering babies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a milestone? What are some of the milestones Alyce experienced throughout the novel? How does she react to these milestones?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Alyce's character growth throughout the novel. How does her character compare from when the reader is first introduced to her to when the novel concludes? What events or people in her life prompt Alyce's growth?

Essay Topic 3

The novel "The Midwife's Apprentice" is set in the Middle Ages. How might this setting influence the actions and reactions of the characters in the novel? How might the novel have been different if it were set in present day?

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