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. What does Barbara consider to be Steven and Sheba's biggest problem at the beginning of Chapter 7?

2. What does Elaine Clifford tell the other teachers about Sheba's teaching?

3. What does Barbara call Richard at the end of Chapter 8?

4. Who is Jennifer Dodd?

5. What reason does Steven give for not being nice to Sheba?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. How does Sheba convince herself that she is innocent in the beginning of the affair?

5. Why do the women teachers at St. George's begin to think that Sheba is "stuck up?"

6. When Sheba describes her first physical encounter with Steven, how does she describe his scent to Barbara?

7. Why does Pabblem wish to see Barbara at the beginning of Chapter 4?

8. Are Sheba and Steven enjoying the 'dangerous' aspect of their affair? Do you believe that they are enjoying the possibility of being caught?

9. Why does Barbara state that she is telling Sheba's story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine and analyze loneliness as a theme and motivating factor in "Notes on a Scandal."

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Socioeconomic class and status are brought up several times throughout "Notes on a Scandal." Barbara, the narrator, appears to be very interested in social class and makes many assumptions about people and their actions based on her knowledge of their social class. Discuss the role of socioeconomic status in "Notes on a Scandal," considering both the actual impact class status has versus the assumed impact.

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