What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal 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 Barbara first meet Sheba?

2. Who is Megan?

3. What aspect of their relationship, according to Barbara, especially fascinated the press?

4. Why is Sheba's affair considered so scandalous?

5. What do the students call the Homework Club, as described in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sheba is shopping on Oxford Street in Chapter 7? Why is this significant?

2. Describe Barbara's preparations for dinner at Sheba's. How is Barbara feeling? What does she do to prepare?

3. Compare and contrast Barbara's view of the affair in Chapter 7 with Sheba's view.

4. What does Barbara believe ultimately causes Richard and Sheba's breakup?

5. Describe Sheba's first few weeks at St. George's. How does she interact with the students, and what sort of teacher does she appear to be?

6. According to Barbara, what sort of students attend St. George's?

7. What changes seem to come over Sheba when she ignores Steven for a week in Chapter 5?

8. When Barbara interviews Megan, what does this tell you about her growing place and influence in Sheba's life?

9. Why is it ironic at the end of Chapter 5 when Sheba wishes she could share her evening's adventures with her husband?

10. What does Steven's note to Sheba say, and what are her thoughts about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Barbara compares her relationship with Sheba to a marriage. In a detailed essay, analyze the reasons why Barbara feels this way. How is their relationship similar to a marriage? In what ways do Sheba and Barbara interact as spouses do?

Essay Topic 2

What role does the family unit play in "Notes on a Scandal?" What impact do "traditional family values" have on the central characters?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and trace the theme of betrayal in "Notes on a Scandal."

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