The Secret History 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. From whom has Julian received a letter on Friday when Richard and Francis stop by?

2. What does Judy Poovey tell Richard in the hall when she sees him the day after Jake Teitelbaum's party?

3. What is the motto of Hampden College?

4. What is Thirsty Thursday?

5. What does the college president say about Bunny?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the search for Bunny finally come to a climax? Who is involved with the investigation at that point?

2. Who is Cloke, and how does he appear in the story? What is important about his appearance?

3. In the days before the funeral, what captures the attention of Bunny's family the most? Why are they concerned, and what does their concern confirm for Richard about Bunny's family?

4. How do the police finally become involved in the search for Bunny's body? How do the group members react to the police involvement?

5. What poem does Henry read at Bunny's funeral and why? How does Richard respond to Henry's choice?

6. Why is Charles arrested during the month following Bunny's murder? Why is Henry concerned about this?

7. What happens to the main characters at the climax of the story?

8. How does Richard's behavior change after the discovery of Bunny's body?

9. What does the doctor in the emergency room recommend for Francis? Why? What does Francis tell Henry about his childhood?

10. What issue does Richard struggle with after Bunny's death? To what does he attribute the group's actions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting is often an important element of a novel. Describe the setting of this story. How does the setting affect this novel? Why is it important to the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Richard want to become part of Prof. Morrow's class? Why does he want to become friends with the quirky and secretive group of Prof. Morrow's students? What compels him to withstand their rude treatment of him?

Essay Topic 3

Richard tells us that Julian has said "what is unthinkable is undoable." Discuss this comment as it applies to the story of this novel.

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