The Thirteenth Tale 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. What is surprising about the appearance of the letter for Margaret?

2. Why does the roof at Angelfield get worse soon after Hester leaves?

3. What happens to Roland, Isabelle's husband?

4. What is Margaret's opinion about Vida Winter's writing?

5. What is the landscape like on the trip north to Vida Winter's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. After finding Charlie, where does Adeline immediately go, and what does she do?

2. Describe the bookstore. Who were its main customers, and how was most of its income made?

3. Explain what Hester finds strange about Emmeline's use of pronouns.

4. Describe the meeting between Aurelius and Emmeline.

5. List several details of Angelfield when Mrs. Maudsley first enters.

6. Karen shows a picture of her father to Margaret. What is he holding?

7. Describe the orientation of the Angelfield house.

8. Describe the circumstances of the first meeting between Margaret and Aurelius.

9. List a few details that are used to describe Margaret's first impression of Vida Winter's house.

10. What is Margaret hoping to find when she looks in Winter's collection of "Jane Eyre" books?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what time period does this novel take place? Find and identify the many clues that indicate the time period. Do this for both plot stories: Margaret as she interviews Vida Winter and the story of Vida Winter as a child. Use page numbers and specific references to prove your point.

Essay Topic 2

In Dicken's Study, Vida Winter says she creates in order to fill a deep void within. Discuss Vida Winter as a creative person. Do you agree that her troubled past might have made her a better storyteller and novelist? What were her particular demons? What makes her likable as a character? Unlikeable?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 2, Margaret Lea says, "through the written word, they (authors) can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you." In what ways did this novel arouse a reader's emotions? Give specific examples of emotions or life lessons that a reader could use from this novel.

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