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

2. Describe the abrupt change in the way Isabelle's father treats her.

3. How did Merrily get her name?

4. At what age does Margaret discover she was a twin, and that this twin died at birth?

5. What does Aurelius Love bring to Margaret after she falls?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Judith, the housekeeper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain why Hester leaves Angelfield so suddenly.

10. Relate the circumstances surrounding Isabelle's birth.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does "The Thirteenth Tale" fit into the genre of a Gothic novel? How does it not fit?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 3, Margaret writes about her family, and in particular her parents, "tragedy changes everything." Discuss this idea in terms of the book. How were the characters affected by tragedy?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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