The Miniaturist 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 excuse does Marin provide when Johannes does not show up on time to meet with the Meermans?

2. What falls from between the pages of a book when Nella is snooping around in the library?

3. How old is Johannes at the time of his and Nella's wedding?

4. What event is taking place during the novel's prologue?

5. What is the main thrust of the note Nella sends to the miniaturist after receiving her first order?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first disagreement between Nella and Marin, and who wins it?

2. How does Marin hurt Nella physically and why?

3. Describe the character of Agnes Meerman.

4. Describe Marin's character.

5. What is Johannes's reply when Nella asks him whether they are rich?

6. How do Marin's and Nella's views of Nella's situation in the Brandt household differ?

7. For what reason does Nella decide to visit Johannes at his work?

8. For what reason does Marin always insist on taking the Brandt household's dogs to church?

9. What warning does Otto issue to Nella concerning her parakeet and Marin?

10. Describe Nella's first kiss with Johannes.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critical essay about the novel while using the critical power theory lens of feminist theory. Use textual evidence to back up your strong, specific claim regarding the novel's treatment of gender roles, the depiction of the oppression of women, female empowerment, misogyny's role within society, or any other issues related to feminist theory that can be found in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Trace the characterization arc of Nella's character throughout the novel. Discuss whether she is a round or flat character and whether she is a static or dynamic character.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the many instances of irony within the novel's narrative and analyze the author's purpose for including each instance you discuss.

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