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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Regarding his career, Richard seems ___________.
(a) Focused.
(b) Uncertain.
(c) Determined.
(d) Lazy.

2. What is notable about the children at Tom's All-alone?
(a) They are all cousins.
(b) Their parents are Jenny and Liz's husband.
(c) They are talented pianists.
(d) Their origins are unknown.

3. Mr. Bucket comes in disguise to arrest ___________.
(a) Miss Flite.
(b) Mr. Jarndyce.
(c) Mr. Gridley.
(d) Mrs. Snagsby.

4. The woman who visited Jo was wearing ___________.
(a) The robes of a duchess.
(b) Rags and no stockings.
(c) The garment of a barrister.
(d) The clothing of a servant.

5. Mr. Chadband is a habitual ___________.
(a) Eater.
(b) Walker.
(c) Clown.
(d) Lecturer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Young Jo was ___________.

2. Sir Liecester sees his gout condition as ___________.

3. Nemo is ___________.

4. Esther is under the financial care of ___________.

5. Mr. Guppy suggests to Lady Dedlock that ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the general scene in the Chancery hearings on the Jarndyce suit, and London, as it is set by Dickens in the first chapter. Is there anything attractive or alluring about the ambience of either?

2. What is Lady Dedlock's favorite way to hide? Why does she die?

3. Discuss Mr. Guppy's pursuit of Esther as he follows her around the city. How would this be viewed today?

4. Why has Chesney Wold become quiet and dismal? How is it different now from before?

5. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?

6. Why does Mr. Guppy so easily agree that his marriage proposal to Esther is now moot?

7. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?

8. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?

9. How could Esther feel responsible for Mr. Boythorn's sadness? In addition, what does this imply about Esther?

10. The story has turned into a whodunit. Why is lady Dedlock suspected of murdering Mr. Tulkinghorn?

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