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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. Which of the following do the reporters not make a picture of?

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

3. Which of the following words best describes Pinkerton?

4. Where should the candidates appear at 8:00 in the evening on Friday?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What kindness does Mr. Richards decide he must have performed for Goodson?

5. How does Wilson get everyone on his side?

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

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

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

9. What is Hadleyburg's reputation?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Why does Mark Twain uses a fictional town as his setting? How would he have to change the story if he used a real town? How does Twain use his setting to communicate character and theme?

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