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. Where does Mr. Richards meet Mr. Cox?

2. Whose comments does the narrator say became increasingly disagreeable?

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

4. What does Mrs. Richards say her husband has never uttered?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the stranger say he devised his scheme?

3. What does Mrs. Richards say she now thinks about honesty?

4. Why does Harkness want to buy the sack from the stranger?

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

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

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

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

9. Why do the Richardses become paranoid about church sermons?

10. How can the town identify the man?

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

Mark Twain writes the book in the third person. Why do you think the author chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would change if the author wrote it in the first person?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the town of Hadleyburg before the the stranger arrived with the money to the town of Hadleyburg after Mr. and Mrs. Richards' pass away. How did the stranger affect the following areas of Hadleyburg life:

1) The public's trust of their superiors.

2) The town's identity.

3) The town's attitude to outsiders.

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