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. Dr. Stanhope and his wife lead what type of lifestyle?

2. How are the Archdeacon and Mr. Harding alike?

3. What do the Proudies do when they return from London in Chapter 10?

4. In Chapter 26, who meets to discuss the wardenship?

5. How does Mr. Arabin respond when he hears that Eleanor might marry Mr. Slope?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 12, what changes does Mr. Slope suggest for Hiram's Hospital?

3. What do the Proudies, Mr. Slope, and the Archdeacon debate during their meeting in Chapter 5?

4. What makes the evening at the Stanhopes in Chapter 19 complicated for Mr. Slope?

5. What happens to Mr. Slope and Mrs. Proudie's relationship after discussing the wardenship in Chapter 26?

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

7. How does Mr. Arabin discover that he is in love with Eleanor?

8. When the Proudies announce they are having a party in Chapter 10, what are some of the concerns their guests feel?

9. In Chapter 16, what role does Mrs. Proudie play in filling the wardenship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Slope fought for power throughout "Barchester Towers". Follow the development of Mr. Slope and describe each of his attempts to gain power. How does Mr. Slope try to become more powerful? How does he respond to power? What is symbolic about Mr. Slope's attempts to gain power? How does his end in this novel relate to his behavior?

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

The signora seems to live to seduce men and do little else. Examine the signora as a catalyst for the other characters. Choose four characters and explain how the signora impacted them. What is ironic about her character? What makes her deeper than she originally seems?

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