Rebecca Topics for Further Study
by Daphne Du Maurier

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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

Monte Carlo is still recognized around the world as a vacation spot for the rich. Research what it was like in the 1930s: what sort of people went there, what sort of activities were available, and so forth.
Using the descriptions in the novel, draw sketches of various locations at Manderley.

Write a short story about where Maxim de Winter and his wife will eventually end up after they finish traveling, as described in the very first chapters. Bear in mind that this novel ends at just about the time that World War II begins.

The novel describes how Rebecca threatened to have someone else's child and make Maxim de Winter raise it as his own. Research British law and try to find out how difficult it would have been, in the 1930s, for him to divorce her.

Several times in the novel, the characters predict what the weather will be like, with observations such as "the glass is dropping." Explain how a barometer works and how accurate its predictions are likely to be.

Rebecca is still popular today. Find out the sales figures throughout the years. Try to explain at least one period of high or low sales.