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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. Who does Pleyel claim to have heard talking with Clara on the grounds?
2. Whose house does Clara go to before meeting Pleyel?
3. What does the narrator's mother think has been fired at the temple?
4. Which relations of the narrator die soon after the event at the temple?
5. When Pleyel does not arrive as arranged, what does Clara wonder about?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Carwin steps out of the closet, what does he reveal to Clara before fleeing?
2. After the death of the narrator's father, what happened to her family?
3. What happens to the narrator's father in Chapter I?
4. Why is Pleyel unhappy about not receiving news from Europe?
5. What does Clara realize is the reason that Pleyel is withdrawing from the group?
6. How does the reader learn that Carwin is the villain?
7. How does Wieland; and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist satirize popular Gothic novels?
8. What did the children do with their father's old temple over the years?
9. When Wieland returns from the temple, why does he look troubled?
10. Who is Louisa Conway, and how is she connected to the narrator's brother?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Wieland; and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist is a classic horror fiction novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category?
Essay Topic 2
Love is a recurring theme in Wieland; and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist. How does Clara's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has she expanded her awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for Clara? How does her feelings for Pleyel develop and change, and how does her relationship with him contrast with that of other men that she has had romantic or an idealized relationship with?
Essay Topic 3
Wieland; and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist is written primarily in the third-person point of view. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the first-person perspective?
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