Rose in Bloom
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ROSE IN BLOOM
This novel is a sequel to Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. She is most famous for writing Little Women in the late 1880s. (This annotation contains an image)
With which cousin does Rose seem most concerned in this paragraph?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Using the Define function, which word would be the best synonym for malapropos?
Because Rose has seven cousins and many aunts and uncles, it may help to take notes when a new character is mentioned.
Read between the lines to determine what will happen to Rose when she is "carried off in her first season."
Can you see a theme emerging here? As with some of Alcott's other works, defining roles of men and women is a major theme. Watch this short video for help in identifying themes. (This annotation contains a video)
Be sure to look up the word "philanthropy." What do Charlie's mother beliefs about Rose's plans reveal about women in this era?
Charlie's attitude towards life might foreshadow, or hint at, his future problems. (This annotation contains an image)
To whom do the words "the young commander" refer?
Rose is wealthy, and both her parents have long since passed away. In the first story, she comes to live with her uncle Alec, who himself has no children.
Rose and her family are Scottish American. If you've never heard of the song "The Birks of Aberfeldie," it is based on a poem by Robert Burns. Below is the song. (This annotation contains a video)
What event causes Archie to fall in love?
The word queer meant strange in the 1800s. Sometimes we must use the words that surround a word to help determine their meanings. The clue here is "peculiarity."
Describe in your own words why Mac finds Rose beautiful, based on the highlighted text.
Chapter 2 OLD FRIENDS WITH NEW FACES
Forty Thieves is a reference to Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from Arabian Nights. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Jamie's description of girls a good piece of evidence to support the developing theme of the roles of women in this society?
Can you see the imagery in this highlighted text? The below video might help you see more imagery in this book. (This annotation contains a video)
To what prospect is Rose referring?
What does the imagery of the room suggest?
In the previous novel, Rose's uncle taught her that kindness is better than material goods.
What is Annabel implying?
Each of her cousins is busy in one way or another. Charlie will show you society's expectations for wealthy men.
How does Charlie's description of a gentlemen help develop the theme of the roles of men and women in society?
Charlie knows how to change the subject!
How does Charlie define culture?
St. Martin could symbolize Charlie. Which cousin might symbolize St. Francis?
In this simile that describes Rose's soul, to which flower is she most likely being compared?
In this time period, wealthy girls spent their money on dresses and parties. (This annotation contains an image)
Use context clues to determine what "coming out at last" means in this paragraph.
Uncle Mac develops the theme of the role of men and women here, as he believes that Rose is frivolous because she is a woman.
Read between the lines. What are Uncle Alec and Uncle Mac discussing?
It was perfectly acceptable for an older man to marry a young woman. Uncle Alec, however, is not in love with Phebe.
Use the Define function. Which of the following synonyms best matches the word "gay" in the highlighted text?
If you've never seen a Virginia reel, watch this brief clip below, and imagine Rose and her uncle Mac dancing along. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain this metaphor. Who is being compared to a chestnut burr, and why is it an appropriate metaphor?
Chapter 4 THORNS AMONG THE ROSES
Sometimes an author asks you to draw your own conclusions about what is happening in a story. If Rose's face is not happy, how must she feel about these new friends? (This annotation contains an image)
When Alec thinks that Rose realizes "all that glitters is not gold," what does the glitter represent?
Alec's suggestion to Rose is based on the Bible, specifically Matthew 13:24-30. In this parable, it is suggested that you wait till harvest time to determine the good, or wheat, from the bad, or tares. (This annotation contains a link)
What did young men believe about women in the 1800s, according to Alec's thoughts?
By lovers, Rose means those who profess their love for her. (This annotation contains an image)
Why might the boy who proposed after meeting Rose only a dozen times cause Rose to feel as though she had soiled her fingers?
The glove is a symbol of all that Alec taught Rose. Will she be able to keep his lessons in mind, going forward?
Why might Charlie make following Rose the business of his life?
Charlie may feel he deserves Rose, but he may actually really love her. The author uses direct characterization here to show Charlie's delight. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain in your own words Charlie's metaphor of the treadmill.
Even when they were children, Charlie considered Rose his true love. (This annotation contains an image)
All three men are fictional characters, heroes who are kind to women.
Which type of characterization is the author employing, as the story says Charlie seems to like confessing?
Charlie demonstrates here, through indirect characterization, that he believes money and beauty to be the only things that matter.
Using the Define function, which of Rose's cousins would best fit the definition of impecunious?
Charlie's words help develop the role of men and women, because it reveals the differences of opinion between Charlie and Uncle Alec.
Alec was a captain in the navy before he became Rose's guardian. This paragraph is an extended metaphor, comparing Rose's internal conflict to seamen's terms. See below for more details about internal and external conflict. (This annotation contains a video)
What type of characterization is the author employing, as Rose tries to talk to Mac?
It is revealing that Mac sees being invited to a party as an attack.
How do Rose's desires to hold to her resolutions help develop the theme of the roles of men and women?
The roles of men and women are developed here again, because Mac is unique among all the men in Rose's life.
How does Rose treat Mac in this scene?
Turveydrop was a character in Charles Dickens's Bleak House, known for his good manners. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain in your own words why this paragraph about Mac's appearance as he talks with the geologist is a good example of direct characterization.
Using evidence in the text, show how the reader can infer that Mac cares deeply for Rose.
Evelina is a reference to a novel printed in the 1700s, written by Fanny Burney.
What do Mac's words about being a man reveal about him?
Rose does care for Mac; she is willing to help him.
Chapter 7 PHEBE
Which of the following would Steve agree is part of "the proprieties of life"?
The roles of wealthy men and women are fairly clear in not only Steve's reaction to Mac but also Rose's to Mac.
Explain in your own words Phebe's terms for agreeing to be schooled at singing.
PInafores were aprons worn on top of dresses. In the previous novel, orphan Phebe joins the Campbells as a servant. (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Steve be astonished by Archie's feelings?
Rose alludes to the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, in which Pyramus and Thisbe fell in love by talking through a hole in a wall. Much like Romeo and Juliet, Pyramus commits suicide, thinking Thisbe is dead, and Thisbe kills herself, upon finding Pyramus. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Phebe singing in this concert?
Look at the evidence provided in the passage. The author doesn't have to say that Phebe is frightened; it is clear from her actions that Phebe is afraid.
If Phebe's fate is settled as a cantatrice, then she is fated to be a famous
In Eight Cousins, Rose, herself an orphan, first made friends with Phebe because Phebe was so happy while she worked.
Explain in your own words what Phebe does to help the orphans, using evidence from this chapter.
Rose imagines that Archie has asked Phebe to marry him. Do you think that Phebe said yes? (This annotation contains an image)
What clues does Rose use to determine that something is wrong?
Is Phebe correct? Will the family be upset by Archie's love?
Why does Rose agree with Phebe?
By comparing Phebe's tears with a summer shower, the author uses a pretty simile. This video gives more details about similes and their companions, metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Aunt Plenty react upon discovering Archie asked Phebe to marry him?
It seems Aunt Plenty's biggest concern is Phebe's background.
What does Rose do that reveals her distraction?
Will Phebe leave Archie and Rose to become a singer?
Which of the following literary devices best describes how Rose beats her head against the wall?
By giving human characteristics to love, the author uses personification. Watch for more examples in the rest of the novel.
Chapter 9 NEW YEAR'S CALLS
Which of the following paraphrases best matches the idea of turning over a new leaf?
Rose shows that she has never wanted for much, as she feels the wealth and family with which she is blessed causes her sadness.
Which two women represent old Miss Campbell and young Miss Campbell?
Can you see the foreshadowing here, the hinting of what's to come? (This annotation contains an image)
If you've never heard of Penelope, watch this video clip that explains a little of her twenty year wait for her husband. Be prepared to answer a question about how this video connects with the text. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain why Mac's likening Rose to Penelope might be an exaggeration, based on the video about Penelope and Ulysses.
If Rose is content to wear Mac's flowers, how must she feel about him?
Why does Rose feel some warmer sentiment for Charlie?
Which cousin will capture Rose's affections, Mac or Charlie?
What is probably wrong with Charlie?
Read between the lines to see that Charlie has told his friends he will marry Rose.
What has Rose realized that causes her to feel that her love for Charlie is dead forever?
Is this too harsh of a criticism of Rose?
Explain which literary device the author employs when describing Uncle Alec's demeanor.
This paragraph is an extended metaphor comparing Rose and Alec to soldiers about to do battle against vice.
Based on the highlighted text, why does Charlie feel remorse?
Charlie assumes he owns Rose, and Rose is angry with him for that assumption.
What does the description Rose's current demeanor towards Charlie reveal?
Steve is Mac's younger brother. Will the family be happy for his choice?
How does Kitty's attitude towards men develop the theme of the roles of men and women?
Wealthy women were expected to have new clothes, and in this era, all clothes were made by hand. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the paragraph, what gives women power among their peers?
There are two types of characters in stories, dynamic and static. Watch this video to learn the difference, and be prepared to decide if Rose is dynamic or static. (This annotation contains a video)
Rose donates money to help Mrs. Gardener. Does this make her a static or dynamic character?
Will Rose allow this young man to ride with her in her carriage?
Explain how Jaime's attitude helps develop the role of men and women as he discusses how women play.
How does Rose feel about the book she is reading, based on the fact that she blushes?
By this page, we know that Rose can read French very well.
Who must have brought the book?
Chapter 12 AT KITTY'S BALL
Will Charlie turn out to be dynamic, and actually change?
Explain how the roles of men and women differ here, based on how Steve and Kitty differ in these two highlighted passages.
Just as men are portrayed as living only in the present, women are portrayed as too fanciful, dreaming about the future.
Which of the following is the best indication that is this not a modern book?
Jessie and Jane are discussing Rose and Charlie here.
Summarize in your own words how Rose describes falling in love.
Mac has already changed a little, since he now knows how to act in polite society and dance. Will he be the most dynamic character of all?
Use the Define function then determine which best describes the reference to Diogenes?
Rose is angry with Randal because he is the man who convinced Charlie to drink.
Contrast Emma's and Rose's attitudes towards men, details which further the theme of the roles of women.
Charlie is trying to do what's right. Will he succeed?
Use the Define function to see what an epithalamium is. Which of the following is a reason why Steve might ask for such a thing from Mac?
Mac's affection for Rose has more to do with his actions than any love he might have for Charlie.
How does Steve's speech about women support the theme of the role of men?
These lines come from "Honest Man's Fortune" from the 1600s.
Using evidence from the text, contrast Mac's and Charlie's attitudes towards women, both of which further the theme of the role of men and women.
Will Mac find a woman to help him in this world and the next?
Why could Rose be considered a dynamic character?
Do you agree with Kitty or Rose?
Which of the following lessons is this novel trying to teach you?
Even Kitty wants to change. Will she succeed?
What is Phebe doing to help Archie?
Chapter 14 AUNT CLARA'S PLAN
Clara's mistake and repentance hint at the future. Which literary device does the author employ?
Charlie has to make a lasting change in his life in order to become a dynamic character. Do you think he will succeed?
In the previous book, Rose skated with her cousins. The below image might help you imagine this scene. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Charlie plan to go see his father in India?
Good stories always have conflict. Is Rose experiencing an internal or external conflict here?
What does Charlie want as a reward?
The foreshadowing is clear. What will happen to Charlie next?
Explain why Archie's white lips are an example of foreshadowing.
Yet again the roles of men and women are clear.
How does Rose support the theme of the role of women?
Mac still doesn't understand his cousin. She does loves Charlie, but her love wasn't enough to stop him from drinking.
What is Uncle Alec asking Rose to do?
Although Charlie bravely faces death, he is still a static character, unable to make a lasting change. He might be seen as a tragic hero. See this image for more details about tragic heros. (This annotation contains an image)
Why might Charlie be considered a tragic hero?
Charlie's death is very sad. Will Rose recover?
Why does Rose feel as though a burden has been lifted?
Do you do good deeds to be thanked, or because they are the right things to do?
Why would Alec seem to have the largest family, when he has never married?
Like Rose, Mac cares for others and tries to do what's right.
Mac implies that the little girl will soon be
Rose and the baby being led reminds Mac of Mary and Jesus, being led by Joesph to Egypt. (This annotation contains an image)
Who is the "don" referred to that watches the feast?
This is a version of a flashback, where the author describes what occurred in Eight Cousins.
Chapter 17 AMONG THE HAYCOCKS
How could Kitty Van be considered a dynamic character?
Lovemaking used to mean speaking of love and nothing more.
Using the Define function to look up the word sylvan, which place must Mac have spent his time?
Milton is a very famous poet. See below for more details. (This annotation contains an image)
Who must Keats be, based on Rose and Mac's comments?
The metaphor of the butterfly means that Mac might make the best example of a dynamic character yet.
Use the Define function. Which word is an antonym for the word unwarrantable?
As Rose grows up, she shows the reader what the role of a good women should be.
Why hasn't Rose read Emerson's Essays before?
Will Rose and Mac fall in love?
Who are Mac's best friends?
Why would Mac not want to look like Uncle Alec?
How does Rose view Mac at this point in the novel?
Watch this video clip, and be prepared to answer a question about Psyche. (This annotation contains a video)
When Mac tells Rose she looks like Psyche, he is telling her she is
Mac has changed. Will he be the most dynamic character of all?
Describe in your own words Rose's ideal love.
Should Rose forget herself, or can Mac become the man she loves?
What gives Mac hope that someday Rose will love him?
Mac's strength contrasts with Charlie's weakness.
What does Alec compare to fever and medicine?
Both Fanny Squeers and NIcholas are references to the Charles Dickens story Nicholas Nickleby.
Using context clues, what does "rose-colored" most probably mean?
Is it possible to fall in love with someone based on letters? (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Mac want to go into exile?
Like Cupid and Psyche, they will be separated. Will Rose have to search for Mac, as Psyche did for Cupid?
Chapter 19 BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN
Quite often in older novels, rather than naming the cities to which it refers, the author would use just one letter. In this way, the reader could imagine any city as part of the action.
How do Phebe's ambitions and desire to earn her way help further the theme of the role of men and women?
Is Phebe correct? Does Rose really care for Mac?
What does the phrase "building castles in the air" mean?
Foreshadowing doesn't always have to hint at sadness.
Who must have written this book of poetry?
Everyone in the family, including Alec, is happy for Mac.
What will Mac's reward be?
Even Rose isn't perfect.
What is women's best gift, according to Alex?
Rose's love shines through in her expression.
What does the bracelet symbolize to Rose?
In the 1800s, a fever could be deadly, and it could spread easily to the people who nursed the sick.
What has changed Aunt Plenty's feelings towards Phebe?
Alec has truly touched the lives of many.
How does Alec's family prepare for his return?
This homecoming is very sweet.
What did Phebe do to earn Aunt Plenty's approval?
Chapter 22 SHORT AND SWEET
Steve knows Rose loves Mac. Does Mac know?
Is Archie a static or a dynamic character? Support your response with evidence from the text.
The language of flowers tells Mac of Rose's love before she can say anything. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain why Mac would call Rose Psyche here.