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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 Nancy Hewitt have a spoonful of in her veins?

2. Who does the stranger say is Goodson's legitimate heir?

3. Who does Halliday realize has broken a leg?

4. What did the residents of Hadleyburg keep out of the way of young people?

5. How does the author describe Hadleyburg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the town hall on the day of the inquiry?

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

3. Why did the stranger have to wait before implementing his plan?

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

5. How does Mr. Richards react to the sack?

6. What rumor does Burgess have to deny?

7. What do the other towns think of Hadleyburg?

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

9. Why does Richards not tell his wife about the good deed he did for Goodson?

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

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

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?

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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