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 the narrator’s husband take her at the beginning of the story?

2. What does John force the narrator to do after every meal?

3. The narrator begs John to _______:

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

5. Why does the narrator stop looking out the windows?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator consider jumping out the window?

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

3. In 1862, what was the standard cure for depression, specifically after a woman has had a baby?

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

5. What does the fact that the narrator says John “pretended to be living and kind” suggest about the narrator’s condition?

6. What does this quote suggest: “It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please.”

7. Why does John threaten to send the narrator to Weir Mitchell?

8. The narrator considers burning the house down to “reach the smell.” What does this say about her condition?

9. Where does the narrator think she sees the woman in the wallpaper?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this story in 1887, after suffering from depression. A doctor had instructed her to rest and not work, which she believed made her condition much worse. She wrote The Yellow Wallpaper as a way to speak out against the common treatment of what was then called "nervous conditions." The extreme rest therapy that John forces on the narrator gives an interesting look at the treatment of mental illness in the late 19th Century. How is postpartum depression viewed today compared to Gilman’s representation in 1887?

Essay Topic 2

Why does the narrator remain unnamed in the story? What does this symbolize?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator states that she will not jump out of the window lest it be misconstrued. Why is she more concerned about her reputation rather than the fact that if she jumped out the window she would be severely injured or killed? What does this suggest?

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