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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. In Chapter 4, how are Mr. Slope's religious beliefs described?

2. In Chapter 7, what do the townspeople of Barchester think about Mr. Slope?

3. In Chapter 17, what does Mrs. Proudie tell Mr. Slope her role is?

4. In Chapter 24, who does the Archdeacon ask for help with the wardenship?

5. What do the men do when Dr. Harding and Eleanor visit the Archdeacon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dr. Harding learn about the wardenship of Hiram's Hospital in Chapter 14, and how does he respond?

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

3. What happens in Chapter 15 in regards to Mr. Slope and his role in filling the wardenship of Hiram's Hospital?

4. What factors make Mr. Arabin an agreeable candidate for Eleanor according to Dr. Harding?

5. In Chapter 24, what happens between Mr. Slope and Mr. Quiverful in regards to the wardenship?

6. What does the game of quintain mean to the Thornes?

7. How does the wardenship appointment affect Dr. Gwynne?

8. What happens when Mr. Arabin tells Mrs. Grantly about his engagement?

9. How does Eleanor's family react to the letter from Mr. Slope?

10. Why does Mr. Arabin talk to the signora at the Thorne's party?

Essay 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

The wardenship of Hiram's Hospital was a point of debate between the two factions of the church. What is the wardenship? Why is it so hotly debated? What is symbolic about this position and the hospital? Who would you say is a "casualty" of the wardenship debate, and why? Who wins the debate and what exactly do they win?

Essay Topic 3

Eleanor is used by several characters. Who tries to use Eleanor to meet their own ends? How do they do this and what are the results? What does Eleanor represent in the novel? Why is it significant that no one successfully uses Eleanor for their own gain? What is Eleanor's purpose in "Barchester Towers"?

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