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. Who did Goodson come close to marrying?

2. Who is a puzzled man other than Jack Halliday?

3. Why does Mr. Richards say he published the letter?

4. Why does Mrs. Richards think she and her husband deserve the money?

5. Which of the following activities did Mr. and Mrs. Richards used to do in the evening?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mrs. Richards learn about the stranger?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Wilson get everyone on his side?

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

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

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

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

Compare Mr. Richards' character to the person he was at the beginning to the person he is at the end of the book.

1) What did Mr. Richards hope to achieve at the beginning of the book?

2) What events change Mr. Richards' ideas about life?

3) How has Mr. Richards' character changed by the end of the novel?

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