The Thirteenth Tale Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Diane Setterfield
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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 item of Charles Dickens, the author, does Vida Winter discuss with Margaret?

2. The following can be said about the bookshop:

3. The name of the house and estate where Vida Winter grew up (as Adeline) was called:

4. In literature, what are examples of the "Rule of Three" which Vida Winter cites?

5. Is the report of the Angelfield fire confirmed by the Banbury Herald newspaper?

Short Essay Questions

1. Contrast the difference in the way George Angelfield treats his two children.

2. What happens to Mrs. Maudsley when she arrives at Angelfield to check on the twins?

3. Contrast the differences in Margaret's parents.

4. When Hester arrives, she summons the twins, but they do not come. How does Hester handle this behavior?

5. Describe Margaret's reaction to reading Vida Winter's books.

6. Relate the circumstances surrounding Isabelle's birth.

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

8. Who raises the twins?

9. After Isabelle leaves Angelfield for a short time, with whom did she return?

10. Describe why Hester and the doctor thought it might be important to separate the twins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the repercussions of the bad parenting for the Angelfield children. George doted on Isabelle but ignored Charlie. The bad parenting continued in the next generation, as Isabelle, too, neglected her children. Write about the bad parenting exhibited at Angelfield, and the effects this had on the many affected characters.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Margaret watched two people die, yet most modern Americans no longer witness the deaths of loved ones. Is this healthy or unhealthy? Is there something valuable in watching the painful but natural cycle of death? How was this therapeutic for Margaret? In what way did Margaret grow as a person through the deaths she witnessed? Use your text for support.

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