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. In the beginning of the book, who has sent Margaret a surprising letter?

2. The following adjectives best describe Charlie as a child:

3. When Vida Winter cries out a name, Margaret realizes that she and Winter have something in common. What is it?

4. Where does the first meeting between Margaret Lea and Vida Winter take place?

5. What does Hester typically do after cleaning a room in Angelfield?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Margaret find at the Banbury Herald? What information does she NOT find?

2. At one point in their first conversation, Margaret is uncomfortable and gets up to leave. What words of Vida Winter bring her back?

3. Describe the orientation of the Angelfield house.

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

5. Describe Vida Winter's reaction to Margaret 's short leave of absence.

6. What makes Hester believe she is seeing a ghost?

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

8. Relate the circumstances surrounding Isabelle's birth.

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

10. Give three adjectives that describe Hester.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Should we be our "brother's keeper?" In other words, when we see neighbors in need, what should our response be? If the townspeople had rallied sooner to intervene in the neglect of the children and the mental illness Isabelle, might tragedy have been averted? Discuss this idea in terms of the book, using citations from the book to prove your point.

Essay Topic 2

In their first interview, Vida Winter says to Margaret, " I can't stand politeness.... people with ambition don't give a damn about what people think of them." Many people would argue that politeness is a virtue, but Vida Winters thinks otherwise. Do you agree or disagree that politeness is virtue? Is it or is it not an admirable character trait? Discuss how Winter's lack of politeness affected her ability to relate to others, and whether if affects her appeal to readers.

Essay Topic 3

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 .

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