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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. Which of the following do the reporters not make a picture of?

2. Who does Halliday realize has broken a leg?

3. Why can't the Wilcox's kittens be dead?

4. Why can Mr. Richards not tell his wife how he helped Goodson?

5. What does Mr. Richards say it is dreadful to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Richards confess to Burgess?

2. How does Mr. Richards think Burgess is trying to harm him?

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

4. Why does a builder come to the town?

5. How do the townspeople react when Mr. Richards stands up to address them?

6. Why does the stranger want to do harm to Hadleyburg?

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

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

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

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

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 author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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