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. Margaret says of herself, "gradually, my reading became less random." What becomes the primary interest, or focus, of her reading?

2. Who else participates in the"experiment" of Hester and the doctor?

3. What item of Charles Dickens, the author, does Vida Winter discuss with Margaret?

4. What process does Margaret use to write the biography?

5. What do the children do that make John-the-Dig and Missus sad?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the orientation of the Angelfield house.

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

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

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

9. List a few specific details about Vida Winter's appearance on Margaret's first meeting.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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