At Home in Mitford Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jan Karon
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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. To whom does Tim write a letter about leaving his church?

2. Why is this birthday gift particularly important to Tim?

3. What happens when Tim lets Barnabas out the back door?

4. What does Sadie want to build with the money she donates to the church?

5. What day do Olivia and Tim plan to meet at the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Tim and Cynthia meet?

2. Compare and contrast the characters of Emma and Puny.

3. Why does Olivia want to read the Bible to people at Mitford Hospital?

4. Do you like Barnabas? Why or why not?

5. What do you make of Tim finding jewels in the urn at the columbarium?

6. In Chapter 5, how do readers see that Father Tim is more than just a rector to the people of Mitford?

7. From an outsider's perspective, do you think Father Tim should feel lonely based on what you read in Chapters 1-4?

8. Why are specific characters pleased that Sadie's painting is not a Vermeer?

9. Describe the relationship between Tim and Emma.

10. What sorts of family troubles does Dooley have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of Karon's work, "At Home in Mitford," seems straightforward yet indicates a particular significance about a place. In your opinion, why did Karon choose this particular title for her work? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How do characters respond to the climax? What did Karon include in her story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 3

Describe an instance of situational irony in Karon's book. Why would she have included this? What does it add to the overall effect of the novel?

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