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 John say Beatrice will soon lose Wideacre?

2. What is Mama's condition?

3. How much medicine does Beatrice tell Celia to give Mama at a certain time?

4. What have the people of Wideacre called upon Beatrice to do again?

5. How did Giles kill himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tradition of the wheat doll on the last day of the harvest?

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

3. How does Beatrice deceive Celia into thinking that Wideacre has fallen on hard times?

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

5. How does Beatrice try to explain the "early" birth of her child?

6. 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?

7. What causes Mama to collapse in the library?

8. What foreshadowing does the author create to indicate the imminent fate of Wideacre and its inhabitants?

9. What instructions does John provide to care for Mama who has had a major shock?

10. How does Beatrice react when she learns that John has asked Harry's permission to marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of girls and women in the 18th century in England. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they enjoy that 21st-century women do not?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of evil. Identify at least two themes about evil in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

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

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