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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. Why does Madeleine, "the signora", arrive late in Chapter 10?

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

3. In Chapter 15, what does Charlotte try to convince Bertie to do?

4. What makes Mr. Slope's relationship with the signora complicated?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Miss Thorne show that she is behind the times while having lunch with Mr. Arabin, the Archdeacon, and Eleanor?

5. What does Mr. Slope write in his letter to Eleanor in Chapter 27?

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

7. How does Mr. Slope run his church?

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

9. How does Bertie act at the Proudie's party in Chapter 11?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How does Trollope use the Lookalofts to make a social commentary? What is he saying about the people of Barchester? How do other characters' interactions with the Lookalofts add to his commentary? What makes this a significant and useful device?

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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