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. What rumor does Barbara think that Sue is spreading at the beginning of Chapter 10?

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

3. Why does Sheba have to go to Scotland in Chapter 14?

4. Why is Richard angry when Sheba returns from Steven's at the end of Chapter 14?

5. What does the guidance counselor tell Richard and Sheba about Polly's behavior?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Barbara so upset with Sheba at the end of Chapter 12 when Sheba leaves to go see Steven?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Barbara Covett's motivation for telling Sheba's story in "Notes on a Scandal." What does she say her motivations are? What do they actually appear to be? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Despite her role as the leading character in "Notes on a Scandal," is Sheba the protagonist or the antagonist? Although the story centers around her, she does something incredibly inappropriate and considered wrong by everyone else in the novel. Support your argument with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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