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 say there is nothing to worry about regarding Reverend Burgess?

2. What does the narrator say Hadleyburg is known to most Americans as?

3. What kind of tone does the narrator say Mr. Cox speaks in when he says "What possessed you..."?

4. Who does Mrs. Richards say her husband is free of?

5. Who does Mr. Richards say is not a bad man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Richards not want to accept checks?

2. How does the stranger say he can make the coins worth their face value in gold?

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

4. Why can the boy not stop the mail?

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

6. Why does Mr. Richards think he and his wife are not to blame for what happened?

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

8. What does Burgess write in his note to Mr. Richards?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the values of the 1900s.

In what ways are the characters a product of their time?

How does the book express the changes America was going through at the time?

What values does modern society share with 1900s America?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Mark Twain's novels and stories greatly influenced modern American literature. Choose a book that you think was influenced by The Man That Corrupted HAdleyburg and discuss its similarities with the novel in terms of the following:




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