Barchester Towers Test | Final 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. At the Thorne's party, what does Mr. Slope do when Eleanor tries to be alone?

2. During the Thorne's party, what happens to the son of one of their tenants?

3. Who is suggested to Eleanor as a person to defend her honor?

4. What makes Miss Thorne want to set up Mr. Arabin and Eleanor?

5. How does Eleanor feel about her father's offer of the deanery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Mr. Slope in London after being fired in Barchester?

2. What makes the gathering at the Thorne estate in Chapter 33 complicated for Eleanor?

3. What does the Archdeacon convince Dr. Harding to do in Chapter 47?

4. When the Archdeacon runs into Mrs. Quiverful in Chapter 50, what does he say to her?

5. What does Mr. Slope do in Chapter 32 to try to become Dean of Barchester Cathedral?

6. Why do the conservatives of Barchester fear that Mr. Slope will become the next Dean of Barchester Cathedral?

7. How does Eleanor describe her love for Mr. Arabin in Chapter 49?

8. What does Eleanor tell her father after the Thorne's party?

9. Why does the Archdeacon give everyone gifts on the day of Mr. Arabin and Eleanor's wedding?

10. Why does Mr. Arabin talk to the signora at the Thorne's party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of "Barchester Towers" it appears that all the characters have happy endings. What is significant about the ending of this novel? How does this close the conflict between the conservative and liberal factions of the church? What has been resolved in regards to the church vs. the government? How is it possible for all the characters to have happy endings?

Essay Topic 2

"Barchester Towers" is considered to be written in the style of realism. Describe this movement of literature and what makes this novel a good example of realism. What makes the novel not fit into the description of realism?

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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