The Story of Lucy Gault 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 many fishermen from Kilauran are lost at sea?

2. When would Paddy Lindon appear?

3. What type of cigarette does Henry smoke?

4. On what day does Ralph visit Lahardane?

5. What are Lucy's lip stained with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Horahan afraid of?

2. What are Lucy's feelings towards Ralph?

3. How does Lucy see her future and present circumstances?

4. Why could Lucy not walk back to the house? How did she feel while stranded in the woods?

5. What memories haunt Everard Gault?

6. What is the financial and emotional state of Lucy's parents? Where have they gone?

7. What are Everard and Heloise doing in this chapter?

8. How has Lucy changed in this chapter? How is she doing?

9. What responses does Mr. Sullivan receive to his inquiries?

10. What are Ralph's feelings towards Lucy? Do you think they would always stay that way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay documenting the historical changes in science and technology that can be seen in The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. Be sure to include:

1) Major scientific innovations that are mentioned in the novel, and some that are not mentioned.

2) What you feel is the most important innovation during this time, and why.

3) How Lucy reacts to the changing world around her, and how typical this reaction is.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay documenting the challenges and difficulties faced by the elderly in modern society. Be sure to address:

1) Financial, physical, and emotional challenges faced by the elderly.

2) The possible effects of a growing aging population on modern societies.

3) How life expectancies and quality of life has changed throughout history.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on tragedies. Be sure to address:

1) What makes a film, play, or novel a 'tragedy.'

2) Different styles of tragedies, including some well-known examples.

3) What tragedies can teach us, and the messages that they generally convey to audiences.

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