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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. Whose comments does the narrator say became increasingly disagreeable?

2. Who does Mr. Stephenson send letters to?

3. Whose opinion does Mrs. Richards say she is now worried about?

4. What do people keep handing the Reverend?

5. Complete the following sentence; "A proof once established is _________________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the stranger write in his note to the Richardses?

2. Why does Mr. Richards say Burgess is not as mean-spirited as the town thinks?

3. Why does Richards not tell his wife about the good deed he did for Goodson?

4. How does Mr. Richards react when he reads the stranger's note?

5. What does the stranger tell Mrs. Richards?

6. What does the stranger's second note say?

7. How does the author describe the town hall on the day of the inquiry?

8. What news spreads around the town about Mr. and Mrs. Richards?

9. Why does Harkness want to buy the sack from the stranger?

10. What does the Reverend tell the town before they proceed with opening the notes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following and discuss how it affects the tone of the novel and helps to express character and theme:


Point of view



Essay Topic 2

What are the main turning points of the story? How do turning points work to keep a reader interested in the story? When does Twain use his turning points and why does he use them at those particular moments in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Mark Twain uses a fictional town as his setting? How would he have to change the story if he used a real town? How does Twain use his setting to communicate character and theme?

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