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

2. What does Ernest decide to do?

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

4. What does Ernest ask Hadley about Rome?

5. What had Hadley finally learned from Kate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ernest start to break into the Paris literary scene?

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

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

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

5. What does Ernest recall about an incident with Kate?

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

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

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

9. What does Kate finally share with Hadley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Paris Wife help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Paris Wife? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Paris Wife to discuss and compare one character's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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