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 wrong with Ernest when he arrives back in Paris?

2. Where does Ernest go to report on an economic conference?

3. From whom does Ernest receive an invitation?

4. Where do the Hemingways go that reminds Ernest of his war wounds?

5. Who escorts Hadley down the aisle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the confrontation between Ernest and Hadley about Pauline.

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

3. Where do Ernest, Hadley, and Bumby go and how was the trip?

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

5. What did Ernest tell Hadley when he called about writing his memoir?

6. How did Pauline and Ernest begin an affair and how did Ernest feel about her and Hadley?

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

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

9. Summarize Ernest's future with women.

10. Why does Ernest go back to Paris briefly?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Paris Wife and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Paris Wife is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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

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.

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