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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What metaphor does Charles use to describe his guilt of lying about Sarah?
(a) Robin Hood denouncing Maid Marian as a strumpet.
(b) King Arthur lusting for Morgan Le Fey.
(c) Sir Lancelot casting blame on the Lady of the Lake.
(d) Sir Galahad showing Guinevere to be a whore.
2. What discovery does Charles make that hits him like a thunderbolt?
(a) That Sarah is a virgin.
(b) That he had not wanted to make love to Sarah.
(c) That Sarah had planned his seduction carefully.
(d) That he is free to leave Sarah forever.
3. What do Sam and Mary see briefly at the shed door?
(a) A dark bonnet hanging on a nail
(b) Dr. Gorgan
(d) Sarah Woodruff
4. What kind of morning greets Charles as he begins his walk to meet Sarah?
(a) It is gray and rainy, symbolic of the gloom into which he is walking.
(b) It is beautiful and serene, leaving Charles feeling as though it were for him paradise lost.
(c) It is a foggy morning that compared to the blindness Charles feels about himself.
(d) It is cold and threatening, making Charles feel as though he is walking into an icy death.
5. Why does Charles go into the child's room?
(a) She is crying and a male neighbor is banging on the wall.
(b) He thinks he hears the girl strangling.
(c) He suddenly feels very paternal.
(d) He is curious to see if there really is a child.
6. Why does Charles not feel bad about his privileged class?
(a) He is too unhappy to consider it.
(b) He thinks everyone but the beggars look happy.
(c) He was raised to accept his privileged status.
(d) He is oblivious to the people around him.
7. What gimmick does Knowles use as an ending of the story in Chapter 44?
(a) The story as it would have been written in Victorian England.
(b) A story within a story that has no ending.
(c) A flashback to the time Ernestine was sixteen.
(d) The breakup of Charles' engagement to Ernestine.
8. How does Charles explain his separation from Ernestina when he visits the club.
(a) He says she is at home visiting her father and gave him the night off.
(b) He says she is too busy planning the wedding.
(c) He says he had pressing business in London but she wanted to stay in Lyme.
(d) He says he is on parole while she takes the Dorset waters.
9. What is Mrs. Endicott's Bible?
(a) Her accounts ledger
(b) Her horoscope
(c) Her almanac
(d) Her weekly newspaper
10. What happens after Charles puts out the fire on Sarah's blanket when coals pop from the fireplace?
(a) He jumps up to leave.
(b) Mrs. Endicott runs in to see what the smell is.
(c) They stare into each other's eyes and kiss.
(d) Sarah begins to cry.
11. What does Charles admit to Dr. Grogan about his feelings for Ernestina?
(a) That his only interest in her is her dowry.
(b) That the attraction has worn off and he feels trapped.
(c) That he was sure it would take years for Ernestina to understand him.
(d) That she understands very little of what he is.
12. How does Charles proceed to break off with Ernestina and return to Sarah?
(a) He writes Sarah a letter and goes to tell Ernestina he cannot marry her.
(b) He leaves the country and does not tell anyone where he is.
(c) He has Sam tell Ernestina what he knows.
(d) He arranges for Sarah and Ernestina to meet.
13. What does Charles attempt to do with Sarah?
(a) Help him make up a story about how he found her there.
(b) Get her to go to Paris with him.
(c) Give her money to go to Exeter and find a job.
(d) Get her to pretend suicide.
14. What humiliation is Charles forced to undergo?
(a) Appearing in court for breech of promise.
(b) Being expelled from his club.
(c) Losing his home in Kensington.
(d) Signing a letter of guilt for Mr. Freeman.
15. To what animal does Charles compare himself at the time?
(a) A pampered Pekinese dependant on his future father-in-law.
(b) The hedgehog who curls up in a ball and erects its spines of aristocracy.
(c) A serpent that devours everyone around him.
(d) A feral cat who must make his way by stealth and cunning.
Short Answer Questions
1. What causes Ernestina to be unable to sleep?
2. To what does Knowles compare Charles' official decision to go ahead with his marriage to Ernestina?
3. Why does Mrs. Endicott allow Charles to go up to Sarah's room?
4. What does Knowles say readers should now see as obvious?
5. What does Sarah say when Charles says he must break his engagement?
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