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. Who gets the job of preaching at St. Ewolds?

2. How many children do the Stanhopes have?

3. How does Mrs. Proudie respond to Mr. Slope's sermon?

4. What does Eleanor do in the morning at the end of Chapter 29?

5. How does Mr. Arabin feel about reform in the church?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do Dr. Harding and Eleanor respond to each other when they discuss Sunday school in Chapter 13?

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

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

8. Briefly describe the Stanhope's children.

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

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

How could "Barchester Towers" be considered a romantic comedy? What characters are involved and what are their plot lines? How does this reflect the romantic comedies of our time? What is similar or dissimilar?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The church has a great deal of power and a strict organization of that power. Describe the different levels of church officials and how they relate to each other. What characters try to gain power and how do they do this? Who is successful and why do you think they are? What is the author trying to say about power in the church?

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