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. Why does Mr. Richards not want to make the matter private?

2. Who does the stranger say is Goodson's legitimate heir?

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

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

5. How did Mr. Richards help the Reverend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Richards confess to Burgess?

2. What does the stranger tell Mrs. Richards?

3. What same conclusion do Mr. Cox and Mr. Richards come to?

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

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

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

7. How does a stranger try to get the 18 principals to bid for the sack?

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

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

10. What does the stranger write in his note to the Richardses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following and discuss how it affects the tone of the novel and helps to express character and theme:


Point of view



Essay Topic 2

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 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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