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

2. What is the paper's foreman the local representative of?

3. What do the Wilsons arrange?

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

5. What is Jack Halliday's job?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the stranger write in his letter to Mr. Richards?

3. What does Wilson accuse Billson of?

4. How does the town react when Burgess declares that Billson is the rightful heir to the money?

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

6. What do the Richardses decide is the best way to identify the rightful owner of the money?

7. What does the Reverend tell the town before they proceed with opening the notes?

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

9. Why do the Richardses summon Burgess to their house?

10. Why does Mr. Richards say Burgess is not as mean-spirited as the town thinks?

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

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

Examine the novel's dialogue. How does the author's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

Character

Setting

Plot

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