What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal Test | Final Test - Hard

Zoe Heller
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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. Why does Barbara think that Pabblem is calling her into his office in Chapter 15?

2. What is wrong with Barbara's cat Portia in Chapter 13?

3. What does Pabblem tell Barbara to do at the end of Chapter 15?

4. Why does Barbara consider calling Richard at the beginning of Chapter 17?

5. Why is Barbara depressed at the beginning of Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Sheba's remarks about Richard's feelings towards Barbara so hurtful?

2. What is the significance for Barbara of seeing Sheba and Steven at the fireworks talking to each other?

3. After Barbara makes plans for Sheba and herself to stay at Sheba's mother's home, Barbara expresses some concern that Sheba may not allow her to travel with her. Barbara, however, tells herself that Sheba 'needs' her. Why does Barbara think Sheba needs her? What does this tell you about Barbara's character?

4. Describe Marjorie and Dave's attitudes towards Sheba.

5. Describe the confrontation between Sheba, Richard, and Mrs. Connelly in Chapter 15.

6. Why does Barbara feel that she cannot yet truly count on Sheba as a friend in Chapter 10?

7. In what way does Barbara believe her relationship to Sheba is similar to a marriage?

8. Why is Barbara so excited about going to lunch with Bangs?

9. Why is Barbara angry when she leaves the fireworks?

10. Describe the incident at the restaurant on the way home from picking Polly up from Brighton.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barbara seems to view Steven as an antagonist in her manuscript. Do you believe her depiction of Steven Connelly is accurate? What is her motivation for painting his character the way she does? What evidence does she cite to support her claims against him?

Essay Topic 2

Is Barbara obsessed with Sheba, or is she simply a supportive friend to Sheba during a time of crisis? Explore this relationship, using examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Sheba is not only a teacher in "Notes on a Scandal," but is also a lover, a mother, a wife, and a friend. Discuss and evaluate the various roles Sheba plays throughout the novel. How do her actions and beliefs differ in each role? Does she purposely seek out one role over another? Does one role fit her personality better than the others? Cite examples from the novel to support your arguments.

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