The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg 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 is the whole village now doing in the evenings?

2. Who does Mrs. Richard call Mr. Richards' friend?

3. Who does Mrs. Richards say her husband is free of?

4. Why does Mr. Richards not want to make the matter private?

5. What kind of tone does the narrator say Mr. Cox speaks in when he says "What possessed you..."?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are similar scenes as the scenes at the Richardses being performed in 18 other houses?

2. How does the stranger say he can make the coins worth their face value in gold?

3. Why did the stranger fashion his scheme around a person that the townsfolk did not like?

4. How does the town decide to change after the Richardses pass away?

5. How does the town react when Burgess declares that Billson is the rightful heir to the money?

6. Why does Mr. Richards say Burgess is friendly to them?

7. How does a minor citizen make everyone in the town hall erupt with laughter?

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

9. What does Burgess write in his note to Mr. Richards?

10. How does Edward prove himself not as honest as what he would have his wife to believe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

What were the main concerns during the 1900s? How does the author express these concerns?

How would the author change the novel if it was set in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG is a novella. What are the differences between a novella and a novel in terms of the following:

Language

Character

Structure

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the story. In what way are these themes relevant to the time period? How does the author use character and setting to express these themes?

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