The Thirteenth Tale Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what way did the bookstore help in Margaret's education?
(a) Margaret's favorite teachers came in and spent extra hours tutoring her.
(b) Margaret's mother read to her for hours as they worked in the shop.
(c) She first learned her alphabet because the books were in alphabetical order.
(d) The fascinating people that entered the store taught her about the world.

2. What does Margaret do when she hears a mysterious sound late at night?
(a) Goes to stay with Aurelius, her only friend.
(b) Wakes up John-the-dig, and tells him to bring his gun.
(c) Confronts Ms. Winter and asks for the truth.
(d) Walks out into the garden to investigate.

3. Where does Margaret begin her research to verify the three parts of Ms. Winter's story?
(a) At Angelfield.
(b) At home, in her own bookshop.
(c) In the Governmental Records Building.
(d) In London, at the National Library.

4. What does the chapter title, "Box of Lives" refer to?
(a) Vida Winter says she keeps "opening up the box" to reveal the secrets of her past.
(b) Margaret keeps a 3x5 card on many people, and she keepst these cards in a box.
(c) Margaret finds an old box near the ruins of the old church.
(d) Winter keeps many items from her past in a safe in her bedroom; she finally shows the box to Margaret.

5. What experiment (for research's sake) do Hester and the doctor carry out?
(a) Using bribery to entice Charlie to leave Angelfield.
(b) Isolation and starvation as treatment for mental ilness.
(c) Shock treament for mental illness.
(d) The separation of Angeline and Emmeline.

6. Vida Winter learned most of the family history by listening to whose stories?
(a) Her grandmother.
(b) The stable boy who was like her old brother.
(c) Her uncle, who wrote down the history.
(d) The Missus, who was the main kitchen servant.

7. What missing bit of information in the "book pages" of the Banbury Herald disappoints Margaret?
(a) There was no mention of twin girls in any of the accounts.
(b) Angelfield servants were mentioned, but not John-the-dig.
(c) There had been no interview with a man pleading for the truth from Winter.
(d) The date of Vida Winter's birth was missing.

8. What is the first question Margaret asks Vida WInter?
(a) Whether Winter is terminally ill and fears death will end her life soon.
(b) What happened to the (missing) thirteenth story in her first book.
(c) Her real name.
(d) An explanation about the rumor that her house is haunted.

9. What is surprising about the appearance of the letter for Margaret?
(a) Each line is in a new color of ink.
(b) Margaret's name is mispelled, and there is no return address.
(c) The type is faint and barely recognizable.
(d) It is handwritten by a person who is either a child or an invalid.

10. Margaret realizes that this person may still be alive and could answer many questions about the twins' childhood. She writes a letter asking an investigator to find whom?
(a) Arurelius Love.
(b) John-the-dig.
(c) Hester.
(d) Emmeline.

11. Vida Winter says she starts one book as soon as she finishes another because she is afraid to confront which person who keeps trying to get her attention?
(a) Her twin.
(b) Her dead mother.
(c) Herself as a younger person.
(d) Her father.

12. The name of the house and estate where Vida Winter grew up (as Adeline) was called:
(a) Moorlands.
(b) Angelfield.
(c) Hanley Downs.
(d) Dangerfield.

13. Who is Hester?
(a) Charlie's new wife.
(b) The children's new governess.
(c) The deacon's wife, sent to help the twins.
(d) A neighbor who becomes the twin's friend.

14. What is Margaret's opinion about Vida Winter's writing?
(a) She loves it, and spends days doing nothing else but reading Winter's books.
(b) She is surprised that Winter seems to have stolen one on Margaret's stories.
(c) She likes the writing, but has no interest in meeting WInter.
(d) She is frustrated by the happy endings and predictable plots.

15. Who or what startles Margaret in the ruins of the Angelfield house on her first day of exploration?
(a) The flapping wings of birds.
(b) Herself, in a mirror.
(c) The sound of a violin.
(d) A woman in white; Margaret calls to her, but the woman does not turn.

Short Answer Questions

1. The following is said about Vida Winter's appearance:

2. What odd behavior does Isabelle's father display in the early days of Isabelle's life?

3. As Margaret settles into her bedroom on her first night in Vida Winter's house, she rearranges which aspect of the bedroom?

4. What physical feature on Vida Winter is distinctive?

5. What do Hester and John-the-dig argue about?

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