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. What angers Mrs. Proudie at the party in Chapter 11?

2. Who does Dr. Harding go to in order to discuss the issue of Sunday school?

3. During the debate over Sabbath schools in Chapter 5, what does the Archdeacon think of Mrs. Proudie's opinion?

4. When the Bishop confronts Mrs. Proudie about the position of warden, what happens?

5. In Chapter 1, who dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Archdeacon discover when he does research following Mr. Slope's sermon?

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

3. Briefly describe the Stanhope's children.

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

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

6. Describe Mr. Slope's sermon in Chapter 6.

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

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

9. What surprises Eleanor about Mr. Arabin when they talk in Chapter 21?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The characters in this novel often traveled between London and Barchester. Who resides in which city? What takes place in each city? What does each city represent? Compare and contrast the cities and explain their roles in the development of the characters, plot, and conflict between liberal and conservative factions of the church.

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