The Miniaturist Test | Final Test - Hard

Jessie Burton
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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 is the first object through which Jack pushes his dagger while inside the Brandt house?

2. The doll resembling Nella has what kind of look on its face?

3. What is true of ALL of the dolls left on the front step of the Brandt house?

4. What is NOT something that happens when the St. George Militia arrives at the Brandt house?

5. What month does Marin insist is the one in which Johannes absolutely must sail to Venice?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason is Nella reluctant to share the details of the miniaturist's work with Cornelia?

2. What act does Johannes tell Marin he has undertaken for her and "against the counsel" (219) of his soul?

3. How do Nella's feelings about privacy change over time within the Brandt household?

4. What thought propels Nella to go out in the cold night to demand answers from the miniaturist?

5. How does Marin's revelation about her reason for never marrying affect Nella's views on the subject?

6. Give three examples of Nella's attempts to honor and defend her husband Johannes.

7. What does Johannes mean when he says that he has married a child and that he has done it for Marin?

8. When Nella receives eight dolls from the miniaturist, what two items is the doll made in her own likeness holding in its tiny hands? What is the significance of each item?

9. When Nella detects a tenderness and genuine friendship developing between herself and Johannes, what is her reaction?

10. What is the described relationship among the words greed, flood, and sodomy within the narrative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how and why the author instills three different humanist messages into the narrative of The Miniaturist.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the novel The Miniaturist from an Existential perspective. What elements of life does it suggest hold the most meaning and why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's choice to tell the story of The Miniaturist using the third-person omniscient point of view. What elements of the novel's themes lend themselves to this choice and what are the author's intended effects on the reader?

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