The Paris Wife: A Novel Test | Final 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 Hadley given for pain?

2. Where does Ernest meet Pauline by chance one day?

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

4. Why does Pauline go back to the States?

5. What does Hadley and Bumby do when they arrive in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ernest write Hadley from Madrid, and why does Ernest hate to be alone?

3. How does it appear that Hadley and Pauline are friends? How does Hadley really feel about Pauline?

4. Why is Zelda jealous and what does she think of Ernest?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Pauline suggest about The Torrents of Spring and how does Hadley feel about the suggestion?

10. Who begins to visit the Hemingways frequently and what does Ernest think of her?

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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Paris Wife. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think McLain chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think McLain chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss McLain's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does McLain use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

As a young girl, Hadley accidentally fell out of an upstairs window and was flat on her back for months recovering. During that time, she came to love reading. Her's father's alcoholism worsened as did his depression which led to his suicide. He shot himself in the head in his study. The house was in chaos and Hadley grieved the loss wishing she had known him better. Hadley became depressed making her family fear that she may be at risk for suicide herself.

1. How do you think being laid up for so long as a young girl affected Hadley's life and her personality? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. How do you think having an alcoholic in a family affect the children of the family? How does it change family dynamics? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Do you think it would be normal for a person to become depressed in Hadley's situation? Discuss in depth why or why not. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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