The Underground Man 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 the Duke think the soap bubbles in the sink look like?

2. When does Mr. Bird meet the Duke?

3. What does Fanny Adelaide do for a living?

4. When does the Duke write about his grooming regime?

5. What characteristic of the Duke suggests mental instability?

Short Essay Questions

1. What in "From His Grace's Journal to Mrs. Pledger's Account" serves to illustrate the Duke's madness?

2. What is the setting like in Camera Obscura?

3. What does the Duke imagine in terms of the little homunculi within the brain?

4. What happens when the Duke visits Holbeck village?

5. What is the significance of learning that the gamekeeper has a dog?

6. How is the map that Mr. Bird gives the Duke Flawed?

7. How does the housemaid's account provide a glimpse into the Duke's personality as a child?

8. What does the Duke say about his grooming regime?

9. What does the Duke think about when reminiscing about Fanny Adelaide?

10. How could one explain the rumor of the Duke being horribly deformed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Duke's staff and some of the townspeople felt the need to protect the Duke from either the outside world or himself. Explore the motivations for this protection. For example, did offering the Duke protection benefit only the Duke or could there have been more selfish reasons for this protection? Offer a discussion and explication for how and why this protection failed.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the Duke's reputation among the townspeople compared to his actual qualities. Consider how this dynamic serves to develop the characters of the Duke and the various townspeople he comes in contact with and discuss the possibility of the following: If the Duke was more social, do you think there would have been so many rumors about him? What does this say about human nature?

Essay Topic 3

It is clear throughout the story that the Duke led a very isolated life. However, there are indications of townspeople who seemed to like, or at least tolerate, the Duke. Compare and contrast the various relationships the Duke had with the other characters in the story.

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