Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. The governess and Miss Jessel both act as teachers to the children. Compare and contrast these two women. How do the actions of one influence the other?
2. Thoroughly investigate the means (including, but not limited to, the use of dilapidated buildings and varying amounts of light) that Henry James uses in "The Turn of the Screw" to reinforce his motif of the supernatural. How does this affect the atmosphere of each situation?
3. "The Turn of the Screw" begins with a frame story that provides a little bit of background information...
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