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turn of the screw test
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who gives the governess a tour of the house?
miles had been kicked out of school
the governess' employer sent her an unopened letter he wanted her to read. the letter informed her that _____________.
she can't read
why doesn't mrs. grose read the letter when the governess tries to give it to her?
she decides to do nothing and tell no one except mrs. grose
what does the governess decide to do about what she learned in the letter?
her employer (miles + flora's uncle)
during her early evening walks, the governess hopes she will one day run into ______________.
one evening while walking, the governess sees a stranger in the ______________.
true or false: the governess immediately tells mrs. grose about the strange man she has seen.
she thinks it's a traveler wandering about the property
how does the governess finally explain to herself the presence of the strange man?
she sees him looking through the dining room window. she realizes he isn't looking for her, but for miles.
one sunday while preparing to go to a late church service the governess sees the man again. where does she spot him this time and what conclusion doe she reach about the man's motives?
when describing the man she has seen, the governess says he looks like an ___________.
in chapter five, mrs. grose says she thinks the man the governess has seen must be a man named _________________.
peter quint is dead
why is the idea that the governess has seen this man troubling, even bizarre?
he was the valet (and was put in charge for a while)
what was the man's job at the house?
he was too free with everyone and wanted to spoil miles
what kind of person was he, according to mrs. grose? how did he interact with miles and others?
there is a woman watching them. she is upset because she thinks flora notices the woman (miss jessel).
in chapter six the governess is outside with flora, who is playing by the edge of a pond. why is the governess so upset by the end of the chapter?
their social classes
peter quint and the former governess had some kind of relationship "in spite of the difference". what was the "difference" referred to?
on the staircase
on quint's third ghostly appearance, where is he spotted?
flora is missing
after spotting quint for the third time, the governess returns to her room and finds...
she is on the stairs with her head in her hands
when the governess sees miss jessel the second time, where is the former governess and what is she doing?
he wanted to prove that he was bad
what does miles claim he wanted to accomplish by being on the lawn at midnight?
she threatens to quit
what does the governess threaten to do if mrs. grose tries to contact the man from harley street (uncle) to come down to help?
she kept them
what did the governess do with the letters the children wrote to their uncle?
they are going to church while discussing miles' education
the governess finally has an open conversation with miles while they walked. where are they going and what do they discuss?
that's the last place she saw miss jessel
when the governess returns to the house she sinks down on the bottom stair. why is this significant?
in the schoolroom
where is miss jessel the third time she is spotted by the governess?
she has torments and wants flora to share in them
after the third sighting of miss jessel, the governess - in the next chapter - tells mrs. rose that miss jessel had spoken to her. what does the governess claim that miss jessel had said?
a chill goes through the room and blows out the candle
the governess interviews miles while he is awake in his bed. at the end of this interview, the governess fears that she has "gone too far" in the questions she has asked. precisely at that moment what happens in the room?
he says he put it out
what is miles' explanation of what happened in the room?
he was playing the piano
at the end of chapter eighteen, the governess realizes that flora is missing. how had miles - according to the governess - distracted her form being aware of flora's absence?
mrs. grose is shocked that flora went outside without her _______.
on the bank of the lake
the governess sees miss jessel a fourth time. where is she?
true or false: in chapter twenty, mrs. grose finally sees miss jessel.
she throws a tantrum and wants to be taken away from the governess
how does flora respond to the governess's accusations?
flora is using bad language that she wasn't taught
why does mrs. grose believe flora is under miss jessel's influence?
take flora away from bly to her uncle
in chapter twenty one, what does the governess tell mrs. grose she must now do?
miles stole and burned it
what happened to the letter the governess wrote the uncle?
she thinks he stole
what does mrs. grose believe miles did to get expelled from school?
he said "things" to boys he liked
why was miles expelled from school?
identify the speaker: "peter quint - you devil!"
miles' heart stops and he dies
what happens to miles at the end of the novel?
to urge or request (someone) solemnly to do something
absolute certainty that something is the case
roomy and comfortable
disappear or cause to disappear
able to make atonement
dispute the truth (of a statement or motive)
a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation
remarkably great in extent, size, or degree
address (someone) in such a way to express disapproval or disappointment
the state of being stupefied
fully in agreement
martin scofield: "implied stories: implication, moral pamic, and the turn of the screw"
argues three reasons for ambiguity...
1. wanted to arouse max horror by setting readers' imagination to work
2. the material of the implied story was too shocking for contemporary readers
3. james himself couldn't face the implications of his story
edmund wilson: "the ambiguity of henry james"
"the ghosts aren't real ghosts but hallucinations of the governess" who "is a neurotic case of sex repression"
-daughter of country clergyman, limited male contact
-infatuated with employer
-wants to meet a man (her employer)
huntley agrees with wilson:
ghosts are projections of repressed aspects of her personality
dennis chase: "the ambiguity of innocence"
-argues that sexual innuendos of novel are only understood if they are viewed as the product of the innocence and resulting confusion of miles and the governess
-governess feels miles is her equal
-miles = part boy, part man
-argues that both are sexually inexperienced characters who blunder at each other
*the supernatural elements of the turn of the screw are simply fabrications of the governess's mind
1. evidence of mental instability (father, anxiety, dreams, unreasonab,e conclusions)
2. relationship with children (flirting with miles, miles calls her devil, flora's behavior towards her at the end, children are afraid of her bc she is psychologically torturing them, she is a danger to them, "we must do anything she likes")
3. no one else sees the ghosts (final sighting of jessel)
conclusion: use poquette's idea of true horror
*the supernatural elements of the turn of the screw are undeniably real, even though the governess is the only character to encounter (or admit to encountering) them
1. description of quint (mrs. grose is able to identify him by her descriptions, details of description: eyebrows, red hair, mouth, actor)
2. behavior of children (flora's awful comments leading mrs. grose to believe the governess, nautical imagery, miles: yard, expelled, letters)
3. supernatural elements (gust of wind in room with closed window, footsteps and baby cry on first night)
conclusion: miles is saved
*the dangerously spellbinding quality of ten children's beauty can be considered to be one of the story's supernatural elements
1. the governess is under their spell (she believes they can do no wrong)
2. beauty is equated with innocence (mrs. grose: "see him first")
3. the spell is broken showing loss of innocence and beauty (flora)
*the true danger posed by peter quint in the turn of the screw is not a sexual threat, but one of class, since he threatens the boundaries between servant and master
1. too free with everyone (wears master's clothes, leadership position)
2. relationship with jessel (mrs. grose "in spite of the difference") and miles
3. symbolism of staircase (quint's ghost going up the stairs)
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