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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. How does Mr. Arabin feel when he is asked to become Dean of Barchester Cathedral?
2. Who writes Eleanor a letter in Chapter 44?
3. Why is Mr. Arabin at the Stanhope house in Chapter 46?
4. Who is appointed warden of Hiram's Hospital?
5. Who does Mr. Slope discuss the position of Dean of Barchester Cathedral with in Chapter 32?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Mr. Slope in London after being fired in Barchester?
2. What does the game of quintain mean to the Thornes?
3. How does Eleanor describe her love for Mr. Arabin in Chapter 49?
4. In Chapter 45, why do Bertie and his father argue and what is the result?
5. Why does Miss Thorne feel Eleanor would be a good wife for Mr. Arabin?
6. Why does Charlotte suggest Bertie as a good person to defend Eleanor's honor?
7. Why does Dr. Harding feel he is a poor candidate for the deanery?
8. Why does the Archdeacon give everyone gifts on the day of Mr. Arabin and Eleanor's wedding?
9. What factors make Mr. Arabin an agreeable candidate for Eleanor according to Dr. Harding?
10. What does Eleanor tell her father after the Thorne's party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Eleanor is used by several characters. Who tries to use Eleanor to meet their own ends? How do they do this and what are the results? What does Eleanor represent in the novel? Why is it significant that no one successfully uses Eleanor for their own gain? What is Eleanor's purpose in "Barchester Towers"?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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