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. Why does Eleanor wake up early the morning after the engagement?

2. Who does Eleanor run into after leaving the Thornes' party?

3. Where is the party in Chapter 33?

4. What does Mr. Slope plan to do at the Thorne's party?

5. Who supports Mr. Slope in his quest for the deanery?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Mr. Slope visits in Chapter 46, what does the signora do to scare him away?

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

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

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

5. Why does Charlotte suggest Bertie as a good person to defend Eleanor's honor?

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

7. Why does Dr. Harding visit Hiram's Hospital in Chapter 52?

8. What factors make Mr. Arabin an agreeable candidate for Eleanor according to Dr. Harding?

9. Why doesn't Eleanor want to tell the Archdeacon about her engagement to Mr. Arabin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The wardenship of Hiram's Hospital was a point of debate between the two factions of the church. What is the wardenship? Why is it so hotly debated? What is symbolic about this position and the hospital? Who would you say is a "casualty" of the wardenship debate, and why? Who wins the debate and what exactly do they win?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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