Wideacre Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philippa Gregory
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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 do Harry and Beatrice plan to renovate a suite on the west wing of the mansion?

2. What does Harry think about his intimate encounters with Beatrice?

3. What does Beatrice tell Harry about Celia?

4. What perversion of Harry's does Beatrice plan to exploit?

5. What does Beatrice do when she learns her child is a girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tipping point where Beatrice realizes she no longer has the upper hand over Harry?

2. When does Dr. McAndrew become interesting to Beatrice?

3. How does Beatrice use a cat to subdue her mother so she can spend some time with Harry?

4. What does Beatrice think is the real reason her mother wants Harry to come home from school?

5. How does Beatrice come to realize that she is not her father's favored child after all?

6. What are the circumstances of Harry and Beatrice's first sexual encounter?

7. What secret does Mama keep that Beatrice is certain she must know.

8. How does Beatrice behave after the birth of her child?

9. What lies does Beatrice relay to Harry to avoid everyone finding out that Beatrice, and not Celia, was pregnant?

10. Describe the metaphor Beatrice uses to compare her life with the land of Wideacre in the spring.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Celia. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Greed takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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