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. How does Douglas know the governess?

2. Who does the governess think is playing a joke on her in the form of the stranger she sees while taking her walk?

3. Why does the governess think Flora pretends not to see the presence at the lake?

4. What does the governess think about Miles the first time she sees him?

5. What does Flora complain about when the governess returns to her room after her encounter in the hallway?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the governess feel that she must stay at Bly with Miles after she sends Mrs. Grose and Flora to her employer?

3. Describe Mrs. Grose's ambiguous remarks about "him".

4. Describe Peter Quint's death.

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

6. How does the governess view the children after becoming convinced that they are aware of the presence of ghosts at Bly?

7. How does Flora react to the supernatural presence at the lake, and how does the governess believe Flora will react to questioning about the ghosts at Bly?

8. When Flora sneaks away one night after dinner, where does the governess think Flora has disappeared to, and why?

9. Describe how the governess retrospectively views the period immediately after Miles' arrival at Bly.

10. How do the children and Mrs. Grose react to the governess' absence from church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a strong sense of ambiguity in the governess' discussions with Miles and Flora about the ghosts. Describe the many ambiguous conversations and actions concerning the ghosts throughout "The Turn of the Screw". Why is this not more direct? How would a direct conversation about the ghosts change the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is often used in "The Turn of the Screw". Cite three examples of foreshadowing and explain how it is used to indicate further events.

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