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. Before going to church, why does the governess return to the house the evening after the morning that she misses church?

2. What is the housekeeper's name?

3. What is the content of the letter the governess receives?

4. When the governess sees someone from the dining room in Chapter 4, what does this person do when the governess goes outside?

5. What does Mrs. Grose think about the male child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The morning after the governess' conversation with Miles in his room, what does Mrs. Grose ask the governess, and what does the governess hide?

3. In Chapter 2, when the governess first questions Mrs. Grose after learning of Miles' expulsion, what does she learn about her predecessor?

4. How does the governess acquire her job?

5. Why does Mrs. Grose react to the governess' absence from church the way that she does?

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

7. The day after Flora disappears to the lake after dinner, why is Mrs. Grose fully convinced about the supernatural visitors at Bly even though she was unable to see Miss Jessel?

8. What does the governess think about Miles and Flora's relationships with the ghosts?

9. 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?

10. What does the governess think about Flora?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Miles' role in the story changes while Flora's role remains static. In what ways does Miles' role change? What causes these changes? What results from these changes? How do the other characters' interactions with Miles change as his role within the narrative changes?

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