The Mysteries of Udolpho 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. When Valancourt returns to Estuviere in Chapter Eleven, what does he worry about?

2. What has Monsieur Quesnel done at La Vallee in Chapter Three of Volume Two?

3. When Monsieur St. Albert, Valencourt and Emily find a shepherd's cabin at which a young woman laments that gypsies have stolen several sheep, what does Valancourt do to help the woman replace her missing sheep?

4. What does Montoni order Emily to wear for dinner with his cavaliers?

5. What does Emily do after Montoni has three armed men take her aunt away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Monsieur Quesnel, Emily's maternal uncle and Monsieur St. Albert's brother-in-law, marry for love or for financial gain?

2. Why does Count Morano think Emily accepts his affections for her?

3. What does Madame Cheron's reversal of her opinion about Valancourt upon learning he is Madame Clairval's nephew indicate about her own character?

4. In Chapter Seven of Volume Two, what does Madame Montoni learn about her husband's financial situation that makes her regret her marriage?

5. Why does Emily conclude her aunt is probably dead once Montoni has the older woman taken away to the east turret?

6. How does Emily respond to the news of her father's financial ruin?

7. How does Montoni inherit the castle from Signora Laurentini?

8. How does Monsieur St. Albert respond to the news that he and Emily are near Chateau le Blanc?

9. Why is it improper for Valancourt to visit Emily in her gardens in Chapter Ten of Volume I?

10. Why does Ludovico begin to suspect that Montoni heads a band of robbers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Mysteries of Udolpho contains a number of instances of irony. Cite at least three examples of irony in the novel and discuss how the author uses each example to enhance characterization or plot.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of marriage in the novel. A few marriages seem happy, but the arranged or forced marriages lead to infidelity, violence, and even murder. What do you think Ann Radcliffe is saying about arranged marriages, which were common in her era and in the era in which the book was set, versus marriages of the heart through the marriages she depicts in the novel? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The Mysteries of Udolpho contains a number of instances of foreshadowing. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing in the novel and how they are used to indicate events to come.

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