If my teacher were to give us a final exam on Gone With the Wind, what would be the essay questions?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I iike the essay questions in discussing heroism.  I think another essay topic would be a discussion on how the book treats the issue of slavery.  Somehow, I think the book does reflect the Southern belief that the war was about freedom and being left alone.  I would also think that a good essay question would be to compare and contrast Scarlett and another heroine of literature.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Since Rhett Butler plays such a major role in the novel, I would include an essay question that focuses on him. Here's one:

In literature, the Byronic hero (created by and named for Lord Byron of English literature) is a complex man. He is strong, mysterious, and even dangerous; however, he is also capable of deep love, gentleness, and compassion. In Gone With the Wind, how is Rhett Butler developed as a Byronic hero?

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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One essay question might be to compare and contrast Scarlett and Melanie. A similar question might ask you to do the same with Rhett Butler and Ashley Wilkes.

If I were your teacher, I'd ask you to analyze Scarlett's power; how does she get and wield power throughout the novel?

Good luck on your test!

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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To add to the previous topic questions perhaps your teacher could ask:

1. How does the novel depict a romantic vision of the south? 

2. Compare and Contrast the relationships between the men and women as portrayed in the novel.

3. Why does Scarlett go to great lengths to save Tara? How unconventional are her methods for a 19th century southern woman?

I hope these suggestions give you additional insight into your question. Good Luck

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I hope you understand that only your teacher can give you a concrete answer to your question. The rest of us will need to consult a crystal ball! I can speculate, though.

 Your teacher might stay with the book and ask questions about the characters: Explain how Scarlett grows as a person throughout the book. How would you describe the relationship of Rhett and Scarlett? What does the burning of Atlanta symbolize?

Or your teacher might ask more wide-ranging questions, such as: Does the novel depict war realistically? What was the author's purpose in writing the book? Compare race relations as described in the book to society today.

Good luck!

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