The Paris Wife: A Novel 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. Sherwood Anderson recommends that ________________.

2. Whom does Hadley feel guilty about while she is in Chicago?

3. Why does Ernest want to go to Spain?

4. What is wrong with Ernest when he arrives back in Paris?

5. What does Ernest insist Hadley do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ernest have a brief affair and what does he think of concerning Hadley and the affair?

2. Why is the Hemingway's visit with Gertrude Stein unusual, and what does Stein recommend to Ernest?

3. What did the couple do in Switzerland?

4. Where is there news about increased conflicts and how does that affect Ernest?

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

6. How does Hadley feel about Ernest going to Turkey and what do they do regarding the issue?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot is present in The Paris Wife? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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