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 is surprising about the appearance of the letter for Margaret?

2. Vida Winter is a prolific and well-known author. Besides her fame, what can be said about her physical appearance?

3. What does Margaret do when she hears a mysterious sound late at night?

4. What is tragic about the birth of Isabelle, the twins' mother?

5. In what way did the bookstore help in Margaret's education?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the twins becoming different from each other under Hester's guidance?

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

3. Contrast the differences in Margaret's parents.

4. Give three adjectives that describe Hester.

5. How does Margaret learn that she was a twin? Describe what she is doing and how she makes the discovery.

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

7. Explain why Hester leaves Angelfield so suddenly.

8. Describe what Margaret hears in the night soon after she arrives at the Winter house, and what she does when she hears this sound.

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

10. What happens to Mrs. Maudsley when she arrives at Angelfield to check on 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

How does Setterfield develop her characters? Pick one character that interests you and trace the changes this character makes. Use specific examples from the book .

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the use of word choice in the novel, especially in the author's use to create a mood. Use specific examples with accompanying page numbers to show how Setterfield uses "loaded" words for her advantage.

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