The Paris Wife: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paula McLain
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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. How do Ernest and Hadley feel about their living quarters?

2. What does Lewis Galantiere encourage Ernest to do?

3. On what does Hadley get drunk when they go out with the Pounds?

4. Who does Ernest find to be not very bright?

5. Why does Ernest insist upon going back to Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Hadley's father and what did he do?

2. Where is Ernest sent on Thanksgiving of 1922 and what does he want Hadley to do?

3. How does Ernest start to break into the Paris literary scene?

4. What does Gertrude Stein say about the baby and the lost manuscripts?

5. What happened to Ernest when he was in Italy that he recalls on this trip?

6. Describe the Hemingway's outing with the Pounds.

7. What does Ernest tell Hadley about Agnes and how does Hadley feel about what he says?

8. What does Ernest believe about Hadley's pregnancy in connection with the lost manuscripts?

9. What does Ernest recall about an incident with Kate?

10. Why does Ernest go back to Paris briefly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Paris Wife help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Paris Wife? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Paris Wife to discuss and compare one character's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know." Sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the book more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Paula McLain.

2. What in McLain's background may have helped him in writing The Paris Wife? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

The reader learns that while Ernest is afraid of marrying, he is more afraid of being alone. This aspect of his psyche contributes to Ernest's relationship problems. It is finally revealed that Kate was in love with Ernest and she was jealous of Hadley's relationship with him. The tragedy of her own family is underscored when Hadley observes that so many members of her family are not at her wedding. Ernest is saying all the right words, but his reputation and youth will surely challenge their marriage. A serious disparity in their marriage is beginning to emerge. It is obvious that Ernest is most concerned with his writing.

1. Why do you think Ernest was afraid of marriage? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss the ways in which Ernest's fears of marriage and fears of being alone affected his marriages. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Ernest's reputation and youth affected his marriage with Hadley? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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