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 they were "never so happy in their (lives)"?

2. Who does the Archdeacon fear will become the new Dean of Barchester Cathedral?

3. What does Eleanor do when Mr. Slope declares his love?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When the Archdeacon runs into Mrs. Quiverful in Chapter 50, what does he say to her?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What things does Mr. Arabin do when he goes to London in Chapter 34?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Barchester Towers" is centered on the conflict of traditional vs. progressive religion. Summarize each side and the characters that support it. How is each side depicted in this novel, how do they clash, and what is the resolution?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the upper classes of Barchester to the lower classes. What represents the divide? How does each respond to the conflicts happening in the church? What happens at the Thornes' party? How does this novel feel about the class divide?

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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