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. Hester 's and the doctor's actions result in what consequences?

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

3. What physical feature on Vida Winter is distinctive?

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

5. What missing bit of information in the "book pages" of the Banbury Herald disappoints Margaret?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who takes care of the unnamed child?

4. What makes John-the-dig decide he needs to check on Charlie?

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

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

7. Why does the Missus neglect to tell Charlie about Isabelle's death?

8. Explain the suspicious cause of death concerning the ladder.

9. Who does Margaret meet unexpectedly on the moors, and why?

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

Essay 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

"All children mythologize their birth." What does this quote by Vida Winter mean? How is this true for you or for others you have known? What myths were the characters in the story perpetuating and why?

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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