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 writes Eleanor a letter in Chapter 44?

2. Who does Eleanor want to move in with her?

3. Who does Mr. Slope discuss the position of Dean of Barchester Cathedral with in Chapter 32?

4. What does the author compare the end of a novel to?

5. Who is suggested to Eleanor as a person to defend her honor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do the Lookalofts go against the wishes of the Thornes at their party?

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

8. What role does the Prime Minister play in the position of Dean of Barchester Cathedral?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Barchester Towers" makes reference to Greek and Roman mythology. Examine the use of this as a symbolic device. Why does the author select these myths? How are they used? What do they reflect? Please reference specific myths used in the novel.

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

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.

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