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 does Mrs. Richards say her husband has never uttered?

2. What kind of expression do the town folks' faces have at the end of the week?

3. What does Mrs. Richards say she has been all her life?

4. How does Mr. Richards say he feels about helping the Reverend?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Richards confess to Burgess?

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

3. What does a man say is the difference between Wilson's and Billson's notes?

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

5. What kindness does Mr. Richards decide he must have performed for Goodson?

6. What is Hadleyburg's reputation?

7. What does the stranger tell Mrs. Richards?

8. Why do the Richardses summon Burgess to their house?

9. In what way does the author present Halliday as the only honest character in the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the book's reception in three different countries including the country the book was written. How do their opinions about the books differ? Was the book more influential in one country than another? If so, why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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