Daniel Deronda Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Anna?

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

3. What does Daniel think upon seeing Gwendolyn for the first time?

4. What does Gwendolyn request after speaking to Lydia Glasher for the first time?

5. What does Herr Klesmer do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Daniel's mother tell him about the family chest?

3. How does Gwendolyn feel about Grandcourt after the ball?

4. Why did Mordecai's mother share a special bonded with his younger sister?

5. What does Mirah come to realize about her father as she gets older?

6. What is Daniel's relation to Sir Hugo Mallinger?

7. What does Daniel tell Sir Hugo about Grandcourt's reaction to the proposed settlement?

8. What important financial news does Grandcourt make Lush tell Gwendolyn?

9. How do the Cohens react when Daniel and Mordecai tell them that Mordecai will be leaving them to go live with his long-lost sister?

10. Where does Mordecai take Daniel before he tells him his life story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The character of Gwendolyn is often described (particularly at the beginning of the novel) as self-centered and spoiled. In contrast, write a well-reasoned paper that discusses 1) how those traits are actually positives in Gwendolyn's character and 2) how those traits would be viewed more as positives if Gwendolyn were a man. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

While Gwendolyn is clearly her mother's favorite child, she reacts very apologetically if she ever hurts her mother's feelings or disobeys her. Discuss what a minimum of two of those types of interactions show the reader about Gwendolyn's character, as well as that of Franny's.

Essay Topic 3

Gwendolyn comments that she does not want to continue tutoring her younger sister because she is ignorant. Write a well-reasoned essay that discusses 1) which character from the text is the most ignorant; 2) what evidence from the text supports your choice; and 3) two literary devices that Eliot uses to convey that character's ignorance to the reader.

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