Barchester Towers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. After being unable to arrange a meeting with Dr. Harding, what does Mr. Slope do?

2. What does the church leadership do after Mr. Slope's sermon?

3. When it comes to the wardenship, who does the Bishop agree with at the end of Chapter 26?

4. In Chapter 16, what causes a rift in Mr. Slope's relationship with Mrs. Proudie?

5. Who agrees with Mr. Slope's opinions of the warden position in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. What character does the author side with in regards to religion, and why?

2. In Chapter 1, what makes finding a new Bishop complicated?

3. What does the Archdeacon convince Dr. Harding to do in Chapter 47?

4. What happens in Chapter 39 when the Lookalofts join the upper class party?

5. Why do the conservatives of Barchester fear that Mr. Slope will become the next Dean of Barchester Cathedral?

6. How do the Lookalofts go against the wishes of the Thornes at their party?

7. What does Eleanor tell her father after the Thorne's party?

8. What role does Mr. Slope play in the Proudie's discussion of the wardenship position in Chapters 25 and 26?

9. What does Bertie do instead of proposing marriage to Eleanor?

10. Why does Dr. Harding feel he is a poor candidate for the deanery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters of "Barchester Towers" love to spread rumors. Discuss three rumors that were featured in this novel. Summarize the rumor and reflect on the affect the rumor had on the characters and plot development. What does the author seem to be saying about rumors?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the relationship between the Bishop and his wife. How is power reflected in the couple? How do they impact the other characters and the plot of "Barchester Towers"? What makes their relationship fit in with the themes of power struggle and conflict? Use specific examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters in "Barchester Towers" are described as being scholars. What does education mean in this novel? Who is well-educated? What kinds of education do the characters receive? How is education reflected on by the author? How do you think education fits in the society of "Barchester Towers"? Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

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