Bleak House Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Lady Dedlock's letter to Sir Leicester, she ___________.

2. The outcome of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce is ___________.

3. Staying at Boythorn's country house, Esther ___________.

4. Mr. Vholes wants to let Mr. Jarndyce know about ___________.

5. Esther is afraid that Miss Barbary rejected Boythorn because ___________.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jarndyce v. Jarndyce comes to an end, just as Esther's adult life begins to take form. In its wake, the lawsuit has swept away many people, and the plot of the story has been cleaned up and tied up. What is Dickens trying to say, with Esther now being a happy woman, the misunderstandings smoothed out, Miss Flite's birds being free, and other semi-happy endings offered in Bleak House?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 22 of Bleak House, Mr. Bucket makes reference to the "fever houses" in London. Research the epidemics of typhus and smallpox that swept through England in the 1800s. What was the statistical impact, how were the diseases treated, and how were they brought under control?

Essay Topic 3

The gap between the rich and poor seems extremely wide in Bleak House. Write an essay, using the story and its characters, that compares and contrasts the poorest with the wealthiest. Also, try to determine where Dickens' sympathy lay when he wrote Bleak House.

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