Wideacre Test | Final 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 does Celia refuse to take Beatrice's next child as her own?

2. Why does John say Beatrice will soon lose Wideacre?

3. Why is Beatrice so conflicted about the changes that must occur at Wideacre?

4. What is the name of the man for whom the pirate works?

5. How does Beatrice pay for the entail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the impending storm is a metaphor for Beatrice's death?

2. How does John respond when he sees the newborn child?

3. What does Beatrice tell Celia to coerce her to support John's being sent away for alcohol abuse treatment?

4. How does Beatrice try to abort another child?

5. What does John confront Beatrice on when he returns home?

6. How does Beatrice know that Ralph has returned?

7. Describe the scene of desperation that Harry and Beatrice witness at the Christmas party.

8. What causes Mama to collapse in the library?

9. How does Beatrice reinforce her ploy to have John sent away by planting a bottle of liquor in his room?

10. How does Beatrice manipulate Harry into a plan to buy out the entail on Wideacre so that Julia and Richard will one day inherit the estate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the taboo of incest as portrayed in the story. Why would the author have included such a controversial topic in the novel? Was incest more accepted in the 18th century than it is now? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Celia begins to show signs of strength as the story evolves. Cite at least three examples that show that Celia is growing stronger and more resilient and note why you selected the examples.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Beatrice. 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?

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