The Woman in White 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 illness is Marian diagnosed with?

2. Where will Walter be during Laura's marriage?

3. Following Marian's letter to Mr. Fairlie, who visits him personally?

4. What physical characteristic is unusual about Pesca?

5. Why does Sir Percival want Laura to sign her fortune to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the solicitor feel about Laura's marriage contract?

2. Why does Walter tell his landlord Laura and Marian are his sisters?

3. Where does Walter choose to live with Marian and Laura and why?

4. At the beginning of The Woman in White, what is Walter commissioned to do and where will this job take place?

5. What is the significance of the secret Anne claims to know about Sir Percival?

6. How does Walter react to the news of Laura death?

7. What is unique about Marian's intelligence, given the time period of "The Woman in White"?

8. When Count Fosco visits Mr. Fairlie, why is he dismissed?

9. How does Sir Percival convince the Fairlie's he acted responsibly by putting Anne into the asylum?

10. In the fly on Knowlesbury to London, what does Walter learn from his travel companion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The format of "The Woman in White" is unique. Examine the purpose of this format, using the following questions as prompts.

1) What is unique about the format of "The Woman in White"?

2) According to the Preamble, why is the story told in this fashion?

3) What does the reader gain from this format?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters Walter and Sir Percival in "The Woman in White".

1) How are the two men similar?

2) How are they different?

3) What are they each fighting for and how does this affect the other?

Essay Topic 3

The steps Sir Percival and Count Fosco take to defeat Laura are complex. Write an essay analyzing the steps these two men take to destroy Laura.

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