Daniel Deronda 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 will Mrs. Davilow's younger girls be doing to earn money for the family?

2. Why does Gwendolyn have to leave the city and the gambling so suddenly?

3. Why does Daniel pawn a ring with Ezra Cohen?

4. How does Catherine feel about Herr Klesmer?

5. How does Gwendolyn react to Mr. Lush's offer to put her jacket on her after the ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mirah believe about her brother and sister when she runs away from her father?

2. What is Anna like in comparison to Gwendolyn once they reach their mid-twenties?

3. What is the main reason behind Lydia's desire to marry Grandcourt?

4. What does Mrs. Meyrick believe about Mirah when she takes her in?

5. Why is Mr. Lush against the idea of marriage between Gwendolyn and Grandcourt?

6. What does Grandcourt think that he needs to do in order to gain Gwendolyn's forgiveness as he learns that Gwendolyn has left town before he has had the opportunity to propose?

7. How does Mrs. Davilow respond to Gwendolyn's question about illegitimate children?

8. What does Anna think that her life will be like when Rex is first mentioned in the novel?

9. What does Lydia Glasher tell Gwendolyn when they first meet?

10. How does Hans Meyrick's family feel about Daniel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select a character from the list below. Then examine three major choices that the character made in the play, and what those choices reveal to the reader about that him or her.

1) Gwendolyn

2) Daniel

3) Rex

4) Grandcourt

Essay Topic 2

What literary devices does Eliot use to convey traits about two characters (of your choosing) within the first scene of the story? Thinking about the way that Eliot uses characters, foreshadowing, and dialogue, describe how those devices help the reader learn more about the characters, as well as what is going to happen later in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least three reasons why a female author would write under a male pen name and what influence if any, the reasons would have on the reader.

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