The Passion 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. Who does Patrick say he saw in the woods?

2. What kind of champagne does the Queen of Spades order?

3. What is Villanelle´s stepfather´s reaction to her webbed feet?

4. Where is Henri´s friend Patrick from?

5. Finish this sentence about Napoleon: ¨He is repulsive and _______ by turns.¨

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Patrick say the channels are full of? What danger lies in the channels?

2. What does Henri do to the cook that impresses Bonaparte? Where did he get the idea?

3. What does the Queen of Spades order when Villanelle first meets her? What is Villanelle´s reaction to the Queen of Spades?

4. What special talent does Patrick possess? What job is he given by Bonaparte?

5. While Henri serves in Court, what does he see Josephine doing? How does this make him feel?

6. What is a vivandiere? Why are they sent to the camps?

7. When the little village girl asks Henri who he will kill, what does he reply? How does he clarify this for her?

8. What does Bonaparte do to Henri to show his approval when he hears about Henri and the cook? What does he say about Henri's idea?

9. After Villanelle´s first date with The Queen of Spades, what does she attempt to do? Who sees her?

10. What does Villanelle tell the old homeless woman who she rows past? What does the woman tell Villanelle to beware?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Passion, religion plays an important part of the lives of many of the characters. Also, Winterson uses religious terminology and diction often in the novel. Write an essay on the influence of religion on the characters of the novel and the novel itself. What does religion bring to The Passion?

Essay Topic 2

Rituals are an important part of life for the characters in the novel. Write an essay about rituals and legends in The Passion and their function in the novel's plot. Be specific; be sure to include at least two examples.

Essay Topic 3

Sexual roles an important part in the interaction between the characters of The Passion. Using at least 3 characters, write an essay on the theme of how sexual roles are represented in the novel.

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