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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 does Mr. Arabin tell the Archdeacon about Eleanor in Chapter 34?
2. How does the Archdeacon describe Eleanor and Mr. Arabin?
3. What does Charlotte try to convince her father to do in Chapter 45?
4. How does Dr. Harding respond to the news of Eleanor's engagement?
5. What game does Mrs. Thorne want to play at the party?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Dr. Harding feel he is a poor candidate for the deanery?
2. What makes the gathering at the Thorne estate in Chapter 33 complicated for Eleanor?
3. What factors make Mr. Arabin an agreeable candidate for Eleanor according to Dr. Harding?
4. What happens in Chapter 39 when the Lookalofts join the upper class party?
5. Why does the Archdeacon give everyone gifts on the day of Mr. Arabin and Eleanor's wedding?
6. In Chapter 45, why do Bertie and his father argue and what is the result?
7. How does Eleanor respond when Mr. Slope follows her at the Thorne's party?
8. What does the Archdeacon convince Dr. Harding to do in Chapter 47?
9. Why does Charlotte suggest Bertie as a good person to defend Eleanor's honor?
10. What does Eleanor tell her father after the Thorne's party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the relationship between the Bishop and his wife. How is power reflected in the couple? How do they impact the other characters and the plot of "Barchester Towers"? What makes their relationship fit in with the themes of power struggle and conflict? Use specific examples from the text to support your ideas.
Essay Topic 2
How could "Barchester Towers" be considered a romantic comedy? What characters are involved and what are their plot lines? How does this reflect the romantic comedies of our time? What is similar or dissimilar?
Essay Topic 3
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"?
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