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. For how long do the Hemingways not speak to each other?

2. Who is Edward O'Brien?

3. What do the train officials tell Hadley?

4. Why is Hadley in mourning?

5. What sort of accusations are circulated about a small newspaper where Ernest works?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hadley and Ernest adjust to Paris life?

2. Why does Ernest decide to take some time off from working?

3. What did Hadley learn about Ernest when she met him the next morning in the kitchen?

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

5. Where was Hadley when the novel opens and what is she doing?

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

7. Where do the Hadley and Ernest live right after their marriage, and how do they have the money to sustain them?

8. What does Hadley not mention to Fonnie upon Hadley's return to St. Louis and how does Fonnie learn about Hadley's secret?

9. What sort of emotional issues is Ernest having?

10. Why does Ernest go back to Paris briefly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Paris Wife belongs to the historical novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the historical novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a historical novel and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes The Paris Wife interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ernest. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Hadley. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Pauline. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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