What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal Test | Final 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. Where does Steven get the phrase "Foxy Lady" for the portrait he gives to Sheba?

2. What does Sheba first notice about Steven's mother's kitchen?

3. In what way does Barbara tell Sheba she has suffered as well in Chapter 16?

4. Where do Barbara and Sheba go for Easter?

5. What does Sheba tell Barbara about Steven after the fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why is Barbara so terrified to tell Sheba the truth about her conversation with Bangs, and what does she tell her instead?

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

4. What advice does Barbara give to Sheba when Sheba is hysterical over being called into Pabblem's office at the beginning of Chapter 15? Why does she give this advice?

5. Why does Barbara not tell Sheba that Sue is spreading rumors about the two of them?

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

7. Why, do you think, is Barbara's manuscript such a shock for Sheba?

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

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

10. Describe Barbara's physical condition in the beginning of Chapter 14. Why is her health suffering in this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss repression as a recurring theme in "Notes on a Scandal." When are the characters repressed? What feelings are the characters repressing? How does this repression impact their actions and ultimately create the major conflict in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Examine and analyze the theme of lust in "Notes on a Scandal." What characters are driven by lust in the traditional sense? Which characters are driven by a sort of lust in an untraditional sense? What impact does lust have on the overall conflict of the novel?

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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