The Paris Wife: A Novel Test | Final 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 the narrator say about Ernest's career at this point?

2. Where do Dorothy and Ezra live most of the year?

3. Where do Hadley and Pauline often bicycle?

4. What does Hadley tell Ernest when he returns from walking?

5. What does the author say remained in Ernest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What surprises Hadley about Ernest's new book and what is his explanation about it?

3. What happens when Hadley goes to visit Kitty at Kitty's apartment?

4. Why did Hadley set sail for the United States with Bumby?

5. Who is Cayetano Ordonez and what does he do that involves Hadley after a bull fight?

6. Describe Hadley's birthing of their son.

7. What evidence of success did Ernest have?

8. How does Ernest meet F. Scott Fitzgerald and what does Ernest think of Zelda?

9. What deal did Hadley offer Ernest?

10. What happens that makes Hadley realize she had to do something about her life?

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

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

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.

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