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. What happened in St. Louis in 1904?

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

3. Why does Anderson not recommend Rome for Ernest?

4. For whom does Hadley feel an immediately liking?

5. What is Ernest's father's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does Hadley visit Ernest and why is she upset by what he tells her? What is her response?

3. Why does Ernest go back to Paris briefly?

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

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

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

7. What does Ernest write about his family?

8. What is the setting for Hadley and Ernest's first lovemaking?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Paris Wife, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Paris Wife. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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