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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. How does the narrator describe the sides of the sack?

2. Which of the following words best describes Pinkerton?

3. Who falls down in this chapter?

4. Who does Mr. Richards think that Goodson despised?

5. What is the name of the stranger who wrote the letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did the stranger have to wait before implementing his plan?

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

7. Why does a builder come to the town?

8. How can the town identify the man?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick two character from the novel and discuss their goals and motives. Do they achieve their motives? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following and examine it what expresses about the early 20th century society:

1) Vanity.

2) Class system.

3) Treatment of outsiders.

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