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 the phrase from the letter Margaret has received that keeps running through Margaret's mind?

2. What is the disturbing event that take place between the two twins after Hester has left?

3. Vida Winter is reluctant to let Margaret leave for a few days. Why?

4. What experiment (for research's sake) do Hester and the doctor carry out?

5. What happens when the doctor tries to calm Hester after her "ghost sighting"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Margaret arrives at Vida Winter's house for the first time?

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

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

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

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

6. When Margaret writes a card about Hester, what conclusion does she come to, and how does she act on this?

7. Who raises the twins?

8. List a few "odd" behaviors of the twins as they go about the countryside.

9. Contrast the differences in Margaret's parents.

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

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

This novel takes on two time periods; the present and the past. In both, however, servants are far inferior to the owners of estates. Discuss this servant/master relationship as it is portrayed in the book. Does Setterfield remain neutral on the subject? In other words, does she merely present facts or does she write about this relationship in such a way to approve or disapprove of this kind of dominant/subservient relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the Angelfield children were mean, violent and cruel. What makes a child cruel? What can be done to help an "evil" child? Write an essay that examines one of the "cruel" children of Angelfield, describing the factors that led to his or her cruelty, and what might have prevented this cruelty.

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