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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 do Mr. and Mrs. Richards think gave the stranger $20?

2. What does Mrs. Richards say her husband has never uttered?

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

4. What does the narrator say the townfolk found the night after?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Mrs. Richards react when she realizes what is in the sack?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do the other towns think of Hadleyburg?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

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

Look at the structure of the novel.

How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

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