The Turn of the Screw 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 is the housekeeper's name?

2. Who does the governess compare the stranger to?

3. How does the governess first feel about her new position?

4. What is the name of the estate where the governess works?

5. What is Mrs. Grose's reaction upon the governess' return to Bly after the governess sees the stranger?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peter Quint's death.

2. What happens when the governess returns to her bedroom after seeing Peter Quint in the stairway?

3. Describe the governess' thoughts on the way to church.

4. Describe Mrs. Grose's opinion about Miss Jessel and Peter Quint when the governess questions her about them.

5. What is the governess' reaction to seeing the man on the tower?

6. How does the governess intend to save Miles after she sends Mrs. Grose and Flora to her employer?

7. How does Flora react when the governess accuses her of seeing Miss Jessel at the lake on the evening that Flora sneaks away after dinner?

8. Describe how the governess comes to be in Miles' room.

9. Describe Mrs. Grose's version of why Miles is bad.

10. Why doesn't the governess post the children's letters to their uncle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The governess assumes that Miles and Flora are innocent as soon as she meets them because they are attractive; however, the ghosts of Miss Jessel and Peter Quint are attractive as well. What is the validity of judgment based on appearances? How do the appearances of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel help the governess to judge Miles and Flora more objectively? What is the message of this theme?

Essay Topic 2

The governess' control of the situation varies throughout the story. Track the progress of her control, stating causes and effects. How could she maintain a consistent amount of control throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Investigate "The Turn of the Screw" as gothic fiction. How does it adhere to and differ from a typical gothic novel? What changes could be made to mark it clearly as gothic fiction? How could it be altered to avoid being termed gothic fiction?

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