Written on the Body Test | Mid-Book 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. According to the narrator, who would appreciate an affair?

2. What did Bathsheba once expose the narrator to?

3. When the narrator reflects back on early days of his or her affair with Louise, what types of memories are they?

4. What does the narrator compare his or her affair with Louise to?

5. How does the reader perceive Jacqueline's anger?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has caused a rift between Louise and Elgin?

2. How does the narrator want Louise to treat their relationship?

3. Describe Inge.

4. What foreshadowing is present in this story?

5. Do you think that Jacqueline's character will play a larger role in the novel? Why or why not?

6. Why is Louise still with Elgin despite his quirks?

7. How does the narrator justify his or her relationship with Louise?

8. After Jacqueline attacks Louise, what prediction can the reader make for the way the relationship will progress between the narrator and Louise?

9. What is the narrator's initial impression of Louise?

10. Describe how the narrator changes from before meeting Louise to after breaking up with Jacqueline. What does this say about the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is your favorite theme in the novel? Why? How is this theme represented? Sample themes include love with no boundaries, suspicion, and betrayal.

Essay Topic 2

What are the goals of each of the main characters: Louise, Elgin, the narrator? Does each character achieve their goals? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

How is choice a theme in the novel? Which characters make important choices? What are the effects of these choices? How does the theme of choice affect the tone of the novel?

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