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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 happens in early November in the novel?

2. How did Outland eat his meat?

3. What kind of property does the Professor own at the lake?

4. Who used to sit in the garden in the summer evenings and talk with the Professor?

5. Why does Augusta appear for work at the beginning of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Would Lillian have been happy with Tom Outland as her son-in-law? Why?

2. Why does the Professor meet Mrs. Crane in his study? Why is this awkward?

3. What is the professor's answer to Scott when he expresses concern about Louie naming his new home "Outland"?

4. What does the Professor mean when he tells his wife that they should have never gotten older? How does Lillian respond?

5. What is the significance of Louie saying that it is Scott who does not like his dinners?

6. When the Professor sees Rosamond outside Kathleen's house, what does he see on her face?

7. Describe the garden at the Professor's former house. Why is this unusual?

8. What does Mrs. Crane mean when she says, "There are some things the law doesn't cover?" How much did Crane help Outland?

9. Who is Louie and Rosamond's house named after? Why is this such a shock to the family?

10. What happened to the girl from the charity school when the Professor tried to give her flowers? What is the significance of this moment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What memories of Paris stand out for the Professor and why? Why are the memories so painful to him? How can he overcome the pain?

Essay Topic 2

Do the Professor and Lillian still love each other? Explain and support your argument with examples from the text.,

Essay Topic 3

How do the house and the dress forms have personalities? How does the Professor see the house and the dress forms as living, breathing souls that he must be surrounded by?

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