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

2. What is the narrator afraid of about revealing his or her relationship with Louise?

3. What does the narrator tell Jacqueline that prompts a problem?

4. What is Elgin's religion?

5. What can the reader tell about the narrator's feelings about Jacqueline?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Louise prove deep love for the narrator?

2. According to the narrator, why wouldn't Jacqueline appreciate an affair?

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

4. What foreshadowing is present in this story?

5. What is Bathsheba's lasting effect on the narrator?

6. According to the novel, how is love more important than societal opinions?

7. How does the narrator know that he or she made a mistake?

8. Is the narrator reliable? Why or why not?

9. Did the narrator make the right choice in leaving Louise? Why or why not?

10. Does it make sense for Jacqueline to attack Louise? Is it consistent with her character?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What role does irony play in this novel? Consider Jacqueline's heart break when the narrator reveals to her that he or she has been having an affair with Louise. Why is this ironic? Why is this important to note?

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

Analyze Gail's role in the novel. Why do you think Gail is significant to the novel's plot? Do you think that Gail's character was necessary? Why or why not?

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