The Professor's House 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. How does Scott describe the memory of Tom Outland?

2. What happens in early November in the novel?

3. Who is Mrs. Crane's brother?

4. Other than the language Outland studied with the priest, what other languages did he know?

5. What kind of car do Louie and Rosamond have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Professor see his wife and daughters? How does he describe them? Is it a flattering description?

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

3. What kind of relationship does the Professor have with Augusta?

4. Why did Lillian refuse to help Augusta out of her financial problems?

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

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

7. What kind of personality does the study have? What are the study and house to the Professor?

8. Why does Mrs. Crane feel that she is entitled to some of Outland's money?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the garden? Why is it important that it is walled? What is the space to the Professor? How does he use it?

Essay Topic 2

What are the family relationships between all the participants in the novel? Who in connected to whom? Which connections are real and which are not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the signs of wealth and class described in the novel. How are wealth and class viewed by the characters in the novel? What do you think is the prevailing attitude?

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