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

2. Who does the narrator want to help the woman in the wallpaper?

3. In the opening pages, what does the narrator’s husband not believe?

4. In the first section, why does the protagonist’s narration suddenly end?

5. What does the narrator think John is looking at when he is in the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. The narrator says that she watches the paper always. What does this increasing obsession suggest about the narrator?

2. How does the narrator initially describe the wallpaper?

3. What major life event has the narrator just endured?

4. How has the major life event that the narrator recently endured affected her mental health?

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

6. Why doesn’t the narrator cry in front of Jennie or John?

7. Why does the narrator abruptly end her narration in the first few pages?

8. How does the narrator describe the countryside?

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

10. Why does the narrator seem jealous when she catches first John, and then Jennie, looking at the wallpaper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the story progresses, the narrator acts more and more like a child. What actions support this statement? How do others treat her differently as the she changes?

Essay Topic 2

Often, the narrator mentions that the nursery is more like an insane asylum rather than a nursery. What physical descriptions support this idea?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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