Chatterton Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Meredith say he is capable of enduring?

2. Which part of the library does Philip search for old books?

3. In which city did Charles buy the flute book?

4. What kind of school does Chatterton say he was put into?

5. What happens to the air when Charles walks through the arch into the gardens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Charles hesitate about accepting Harriet's proposal to write her memoirs?

2. How does Charles ease Harriet's mind?

3. Why is Charles happy that Chatterton's handwriting looks like it was written between 1790 and 1830?

4. What does Philip find out about Harriet in this chapter?

5. Why does Harriet fear her memories?

6. Why does Mary refuse to write Harriet's memoirs?

7. What happens to Charles the following morning?

8. How do Philip and Charles show their different temperaments on the train to Bristol?

9. Why did Harriet use Bentley's plots?

10. What does Harriet fear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the main turning points of the novel? How does Ackroyd develop his story to get to each turning point? What happens to the story after a major turning point?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the characters alive at the end of the book. Compare his or her character to who he or she was at the beginning of the book to who he or she is at the end.

1) What did your character hope to achieve at the beginning of the book?

2) What events changed your character ideas about life?

3) How has your character changed by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Aside from the main characters, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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