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. Whom does Ezra excoriate when the Hemingways are out with them?

2. What is Hadley hoping to do at the party?

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

4. What surprises Kate when she walks into the kitchen of her friends the next morning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What sort of emotional issues is Ernest having?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Paris Wife. The questions are ones that McLain most likely wants readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the McLain' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss McLain' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of McLain and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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