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. What is Hadley hoping to do at the party?

2. What is a first for Ernest on this assignment?

3. How is Hadley when Ernest meets her the next morning?

4. Who are Kate and Kenley Smith?

5. What does Hadley tell another passenger about what she lost?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sherwood Anderson recommend Ernest do, and how does he help Ernest?

2. What did the couple do in Switzerland?

3. Why did Hadley not want to go to the suffragette meeting with Fonnie?

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

5. How does Ernest's writing change after his visit to Stein?

6. Why is Hadley in mourning and why does she think the party will help?

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

8. What happens on the train when Hadley is traveling to join Ernest?

9. What did Hadley and her sister Fonnie do in 1904?

10. What does Ernest write about his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Paris Wife. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think McLain chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think McLain chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss McLain's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does McLain use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Ernest's career and Hadley's loneliness are again at odds. Hadley's lack of self-worth makes her dependent on Ernest for her happiness. She realizes deep down that he must write, but she passively discourages him from doing so by her behavior. But ,perhaps, Ernest is using his writing as an excuse to be away from her.

1. Discuss ways in which Hadley's lack of self-worth might make her feel lonely when Ernest was not around. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss the ways in which it was shown Hadley passively discouraged Ernest from writing. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Discuss how Ernest using his writing as an excuse to be away from Hadley might have affected his writing. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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