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. With whom does Barbara spend Guy Fawkes Day?

2. Why is Sheba irritated with Steven at the end of Chapter 10?

3. Where do Barbara and Sheba go for Easter?

4. Who does Barbara see Sheba talking to at the fireworks?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Sheba locks herself in her room for forty-eight hours after finding Barbara's manuscript. Why do you think Sheba feels so betrayed?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the dynamic of Barbara and Jennifer's past friendship.

8. What does Polly's guidance counselor say is the cause of her behavior, and how does Barbara feel about that diagnosis?

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

10. What lesson does Sheba relate to Barbara that she learned from her mother about parenting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Barbara's view of Steven and Sheba's affair with the media's view (as portrayed by Barbara). How do they view the affair differently? On whom do they each lay the blame?

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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