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. Which two characters sit in their parlor?

2. What is Jack Halliday's job?

3. What did the stranger decide he wanted to do to the town?

4. What does Jack Halliday say Mrs. Wilcox's cat has had?

5. What does Mrs. Richards say is Mr. Goodson's one vanity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the Richardses think about during the night?

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

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

5. What does Mr. Richards confess to Burgess?

6. How does Wilson get everyone on his side?

7. What does Wilson accuse Billson of?

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

9. How can the town identify the man?

10. Why is Mrs. Richards angry at her husband?

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

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

What is the story's premise? Why are premises so important to a story?

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