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

2. Who becomes warden of Hiram's Hospital?

3. What does the signora say that Mr. Slope must do to prove his love?

4. Where do the Proudies go after Mr. Slope's sermon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What role does Mr. Slope play in the Proudie's discussion of the wardenship position in Chapters 25 and 26?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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