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. What does the narrator increasingly like about her bedroom?

2. What year was this story published?

3. Why does the narrator believe that the figure in the wallpaper is inactive during the day?

4. What does the narrator say it looks like the bed has been through?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does it bother the narrator that she cannot read or write while recuperating?

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

3. What is suggested by the narrator’s concern for her reputation?

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

5. Why have the narrator and her husband rented the summer house?

6. What description is horrifying about the wallpaper?

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

8. How does the narrator describe the wallpaper in the middle of the story?

9. What are some indications that the narrator is, in fact, not getting better?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story is written in the first-person from the narrator who is suffering a mental illness. How does the narrator’s writing and style change as the story progresses? What, in the writing, is indicative that the narrator is not well?

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

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

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