The Truest Pleasure Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Ginny try to focus on during her labor pains?

2. Who is the only one who is not attacked by the insects in #67?

3. What does Ginny refuse to do after the death of her baby?

4. Which of the following is something Ginny did NOT experience while taking the tonic?

5. Where did the man in #15 live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the Peace family members react to the spirit at the revival.

2. What will fire come to symbolize in Ginny and Tom's relationship?

3. What did the Indian doctor do for Ginny in an attempt to bring on her menstrual periods?

4. What could be a very important reason from his childhood that prevents Tom from giving more than Ginny thinks he should?

5. What does Ginny accuse Tom of after he hurts her and what will be their points of contention throughout the book?

6. What was the result of Ginny's following the Indian doctor's advice?

7. What was Madame Sparrow's message for Ginny when she told her fortune?

8. Where do Ginny and Tom get married and where do they plan to live?

9. How does Tom fit in with Ginny's family when be is courting her?

10. What is the basis of Tom's dislike of Lily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the story "The Truest Pleasure"? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Ginny shows signs of maturity as the story evolves. Cite at least three examples that show that Ginny is a mature young woman and note why you selected the examples.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the rural South in the early 20th century when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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