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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Section 3, what common action does Jinny find "strange"?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Crying.
(c) Exercising.
(d) Eating.

2. To where does Percival travel from England?
(a) To Africa.
(b) To Australia.
(c) To India.
(d) To America.

3. Which of the girls is first to speak in Section 2?
(a) Rhoda.
(b) Jinny.
(c) Susan.
(d) Miss Lambert.

4. What word does Louis use to characterize himself in Section 3?
(a) Banal.
(b) Loquacious.
(c) Extraordinary.
(d) Average.

5. Who instigated the kiss in the garden?
(a) Susan.
(b) Bernard.
(c) Jinny.
(d) Louis.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is fond of the "orderly progress" exhibited by the schoolboys?

2. What is significant about what day it is at the end of Section 2?

3. Who tells Rhoda in Section 1 that someone has arrived to pick her up?

4. How would you characterize Neville's attitude as he waits for the others to arrive in Section 4?

5. Who does Bernard refer to as a "drunken sailor?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

2. When the characters change locations in the text, it is not always noticeable. Identify why this is and the effect on the reader.

3. Describe the fears, or the lack of fears, that the characters articulate in Section 3.

4. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

5. Briefly analyze how the characters have developed as a group in the first two sections of the novel.

6. The first thing the reader learns in Section 5 is that Percival has died. How did he die, and who does it seem to have the strongest effect on?

7. Why is Bernard's announcement of his engagement in Section 4 significant?

8. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

9. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.

10. How does Bernard's role change in Section 8, and what evidence do you have to support that?

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