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. Who says: "You are not destined to be son-in-law to a dean"?

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

3. How does the Bishop treat Mr. Slope at the Thorne's party?

4. What does the Archdeacon tell Mr. Arabin about his wedding?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does Dr. Harding play in helping Mr. Arabin become Dean?

3. What happens when Mr. Arabin tells Mrs. Grantly about his engagement?

4. What character does the author side with in regards to religion, and why?

5. How does the wardenship appointment affect Dr. Gwynne?

6. What does Bertie do instead of proposing marriage to Eleanor?

7. What does the game of quintain mean to the Thornes?

8. What happens in Chapter 39 when the Lookalofts join the upper class party?

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

10. How does Eleanor respond when Mr. Slope follows her at the Thorne's party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do the Stanhopes represent in the church? Describe their story and explain what role they play in the conflict between the conservative and liberal factions of the church. Be sure to comment on each member of the Stanhope family.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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?

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