The Yellow Wallpaper 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. Fill in the blank: The narrator is so angry at the climax of the story that she wants to ___________.

2. Where does John go toward the end of the story?

3. Fill in the blanks respectively: I _________ at nothing, and ________most of the time.

4. Who does the narrator think she sees creeping outside her windows?

5. Who is the housekeeper?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator suggest she’s not getting well because ofthe fact that her husband is a physician? What does this say about their relationship?

2. What does John call the narrator in the middle of the night? And why?

3. Why does the narrator think her husband was able to rent the summer house at such short notice?

4. Why does the narrator feel bad for the woman in the wallpaper?

5. What is the “smooch” on the wall?

6. What does the narrator’s husband and brother prescribe to her for her condition?

7. How does the narrator think the “smooch” on the wall was created?

8. What does the narrator say “exhausts” her?

9. What does John’s action after seeing his wife creeping around the room suggest about John?

10. Why does John refuse to repaper the nursery after initially agreeing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, John’s names for the narrator become more and more patronizing and child-like. Was the narrator becoming more childlike in her actions, or was John just being patronizing? What effect does this have on the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

John faints when he sees the narrator creeping along the wall in the last scene of the story. His fainting suggests that the narrator has done well in keeping the severity of her illness a secret. Has she done a good job of keeping her illness a secret? Find evidence that supports this. OR, does her husband just not pay that much attention to her? Find evidence to support this.

Essay Topic 3

A rest-cure was often prescribed for a variety of mental illnesses in the 1800’s. Why does the narrator believe that something to keep her mind busy is actually better for her than following her husband’s prescription when he is a physician?

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