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. What makes Mr. Arabin angry at the Thorne's party?

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

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

4. Why does Mr. Slope quickly return to town at the end of Chapter 40?

5. Why does Mrs. Grantly have sympathy for her sister, Eleanor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 45, why do Bertie and his father argue and what is the result?

4. How does Mrs. Proudie try to humiliate Mr. Slope in Chapter 51?

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

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

7. Why does Miss Thorne feel Eleanor would be a good wife for Mr. Arabin?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Trollope use the Lookalofts to make a social commentary? What is he saying about the people of Barchester? How do other characters' interactions with the Lookalofts add to his commentary? What makes this a significant and useful device?

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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