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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Grace Stepney?
(a) Simon Rosedale's cousin.
(b) Lily's cousin.
(c) Gus Trenor's niece.
(d) Lily's married sister.

2. The House of Mirth take place during what period?
(a) Early 1800s.
(b) Mid-1800s.
(c) Early 1900s.
(d) Mid-1900s.

3. What is the result of Gus's violence toward Lily?
(a) He pushes Lily down a flight of stairs.
(b) He discontinues his finanacial support.
(c) He orders Lily to leave the house.
(d) He is arrested.

4. What does Grace Stepney do in Lily's absence?
(a) Attends the opera with Simon Rosedale.
(b) Spends time with her aunt.
(c) Cares for Lily's younger cousins.
(d) Spends time with Gus Trenor.

5. Why must Lily comply with Mrs. Trenor's request in book 1, chapter 4?
(a) Mrs. Trenor threatens to tell Percy Gryce that Lily is searching for a wealthy husband.
(b) Everyone at the party must take turns helping Mrs. Trenor.
(c) Her aunt has become deathly ill and has no one else to care for her.
(d) She is the least wealthy member of her social group, so her soacial standing depends on helping Mrs. Trenor.

6. What does Gus Trenor want Lily to do now that he is a successful investor?
(a) He wants Lily to work for him as his secretary.
(b) He wants Lily to give him more money.
(c) He wants Lily to spend more time with him.
(d) He wants Lily to tell Mrs. Trenor that he wants a divorce.

7. How does Lily feel when she first sees Percy Gryce at her cousin's wedding?
(a) Unaffected.
(b) Cautious.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Hopeful.

8. What does Lily hope will develop from the time she spent with Percy Gryce on the train to the party?
(a) Investment advice.
(b) A marriage proposal.
(c) An offer of a loan.
(d) An introduction to one of Percy's high-placed colleagues.

9. While Lily and Lawrence Selden are walking together, what does he tell Lily about his idea of success?
(a) Success is freedom from materialism.
(b) Success is the ability to purchase anything one desires.
(c) Success is attaining all the goals one has set out to achieve.
(d) Success is doing well in the stock market.

10. What is Lily's reaction when she sees Lawrence Selden while she is waiting for her train?
(a) She cries.
(b) She avoids him.
(c) She is happy to see him.
(d) She sends her companion to get him.

11. At dinner in book 1, chapter 14, why does Gerty Farish mistakenly believe Lawrence Selden wants to marry her?
(a) He talks about their common interests.
(b) He tells her that she should marry.
(c) He talks about the future.
(d) He flatters her endlessly.

12. What does Lily tell Simon when he questions her presence at Lawrence's apartment building?
(a) She says she had tea with Lawrence Selden.
(b) She says she was looking for an apartment for herself.
(c) She says she visited a dressmaker in the building.
(d) She says she was visiting a sick friend.

13. When do the events of chapter 14, book 1, begin?
(a) The same morning that Lily awakens to find two notes at her bedside.
(b) The night after Lily's argument with Gus Trenor.
(c) The morning of the party.
(d) A week after Lily's argument with Gus Trenor.

14. What does nouveau riche mean?
(a) Rich food.
(b) A novel about rich people.
(c) New money.
(d) A novel about money.

15. In book 1, chapter 5, why does Lily waste time once she is outside after leaving the library?
(a) The weather is perfect.
(b) She wants to have as much time as possible outside to get rid of her headache.
(c) She hopes Percy Gryce will walk by on his way home from church.
(d) She hopes Lawrence Selden will catch up with her.

Short Answer Questions

1. In book 1, chapter 9, where does Lily go after her cousin's wedding ?

2. In book 1, chapter 12, why does Gus Trenor criticize Lily after her participation in the party entertainment?

3. What is Carry Fischer's job?

4. What is Gus Trenor's reaction when Lily tells him that Mrs. Trenor wants her to marry Percy Gryce?

5. In book 1, chapter 6, how is Lily able to spend Sunday afternoon with Lawrence Selden rather than Percy Gryce?

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