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

2. In Chapter 3, who is described as controlling what Dr. Proudie does?

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

4. In Chapter 1, what position needs to be filled?

5. Who is first in the Harding family to learn that Dr. Harding has the wardenship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Mrs. Proudie visits Mr. Slope in Chapter 17, what things does she tell him?

3. How are the Thornes contrasted with the clergy of Barchester?

4. Explain the relationship of power between Dr. Proudie, Mrs. Proudie, and Mr. Slope as described in Chapter 3.

5. What happens when Mr. Slope visits with Eleanor Bold and Susan Grantly?

6. Describe Mr. Arabin's history with religion.

7. What does the Archdeacon tell Eleanor about her relationship with Mr. Slope?

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

9. In Chapter 2, what does the bill Parliament passes mean to Hiram's Hospital?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the upper classes of Barchester to the lower classes. What represents the divide? How does each respond to the conflicts happening in the church? What happens at the Thornes' party? How does this novel feel about the class divide?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the social changes taking place during "Barchester Towers". How do the characters respond to these changes? Which changes "win" in the novel, and why? What is Trollope trying to say about this period in time?

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