The House of Mirth 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. The House of Mirth take place during what period?

2. What does Lily intend to do with the letters she acquired from Mrs. Haffen, Lawrence Selden's cleaning lady?

3. What event does George Dorset invite Lily to in book 1, chapter 10?

4. Why does Lawrence Selden call Lily a coward during their walk?

5. What does nouveau riche mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. In book 1, chapter 6, what does Lawrence Selden warn Lily about regarding her goals?

2. Summarize Lily's family history.

3. What does Gerty Farish tell Lawrence Selden about Lily in book 2, chapter 8?

4. In book 2, chapter 5, why does Lily think Simon Rosedale will marry her for love?

5. In book 1, chapter 1, what is the reason for Lily's reaction to Lawrence Selden's suggestion that they have tea at the popular cafe as Lily waits for her train?

6. What is Lily's goal in life?

7. What three options does Lily have regarding her debt to Gus Trenor?

8. Describe the steps Lily uses in book 1, chapter 2, to attract the attention of Percy Gryce while on the train to the party at Bellomont.

9. In book 1, chapter 4, what is the warning Mrs. Trenor gives to Lily?

10. What does Gerty Farish think will happen between her and Lawrence Selden because of their friendship for Lily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton leaves the cause of Lily's death, accidental overdose, or suicide, unresolved in the reader's mind. Which cause of death do you believe the author was hinting at? Why? What clues does the author give that shows she is hinting at the answer to Lily's death?

Essay Topic 2

Name the characters - other than the main character - that are important to the story. Why is each character important? What does each character represent in the story?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses foreshadowing throughout The House of Mirth. Give three examples of what you think are the most effective uses of foreshadowing in the story, and why you think these examples are the most effective. Include in your answer what these events foreshadow.

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