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 does Hadley think will help take her mind off her grief?

2. Whom does everyone seem to gather around at the party?

3. Who are Kate and Kenley Smith?

4. Who does Ernest find to be not very bright?

5. What does Ernest feel Hadley tries to trick him into doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Sherwood Anderson recommend Ernest do, and how does he help Ernest?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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