The Yellow Wallpaper Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 67 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

The Yellow Wallpaper Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 67 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. What is the illness that the narrator is suffering from?

2. What is the profession of the narrator’s husband?

3. John’s reason for not taking the narrator away from the summerhouse and frightful bedroom is?

4. Who faints at the end of the story?

5. What does the housekeeper think has made the narrator sick?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why have the narrator and her husband rented the summer house?

2. Why does the narrator feel bad for the woman in the wallpaper?

3. Who is Weir Mitchell?

4. How does the narrator initially explain her condition?

5. What does John do when he sees the narrator creeping around the room?

6. What does the fact that the narrator says John “pretended to be living and kind” suggest about the narrator’s condition?

7. What is the “smooch” on the wall?

8. The narrator believes the wallpaper has an odor. How does she describe the odor?

9. What does John call the narrator in the middle of the night? And why?

10. Why does the narrator consider jumping out the window?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A rest-cure was often prescribed for a variety of mental illnesses in the 1800’s. Why does the narrator believe that something to keep her mind busy is actually better for her than following her husband’s prescription when he is a physician?

Essay Topic 2

Why does the narrator remain unnamed in the story? What does this symbolize?

Essay Topic 3

Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this story in 1887, after suffering from depression. A doctor had instructed her to rest and not work, which she believed made her condition much worse. She wrote The Yellow Wallpaper as a way to speak out against the common treatment of what was then called "nervous conditions." The extreme rest therapy that John forces on the narrator gives an interesting look at the treatment of mental illness in the late 19th Century. How is postpartum depression viewed today compared to Gilman’s representation in 1887?

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