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. In book 1, chapter 5, what is Lily's initial motive for going outside after leaving the library on Sunday afternoon?

2. What problem might Lily have as shown by the results of her activities the first night of the party?

3. In book 1, chapter 10, where does Simon Rosedale invite Lily to go?

4. How does Lily feel when she learns that Gus Trenor told Simon Rosedale about their financial arrangement?

5. Why must Lily comply with Mrs. Trenor's request in book 1, chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. In book 1, chapter 8, how does Lily describe Gerty Farish?

2. How does Lily react after Mrs. Trenor talks to her about Bertha Dorset in book 1, chapter 7?

3. What example of racism does Lily demonstrate in book 1, chapter 2?

4. In book 2, chapter 7, what is Simon Rosedale's explanation to Lily for his refusal to marry her?

5. In book 1, chapter 10, why does Lily donate money to the charity Gerty Farish tells her about?

6. In book 2, chapter 7, how does Lily view the morality of accepting money from Gus Trenor, and the morality of using the letters she acquired from Lawrence Selden's cleaning woman?

7. Describe Lily's new social circle, introduced to her by Carry Fischer in book 2, chapter 5.

8. In book 1, chapter 1, why is Lawrence Selden surprised that Lily accepts his offer to have tea alone with him in his apartment?

9. At the end of the story, what helps Lawrence Selden understand Lily's financial arrangement with Gus Trenor?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about one of the following concepts as it relates to The House of Mirth. Give examples from the story that explain your choice.

1) love

2) trust

3) morals

4) logic

5) truth

Essay Topic 2

Lawrence Selden and Percy Gryce symbolize a variety of ideas throughout The House of Mirth. Explain what each character symbolizes and how the symbolism applies to Lily's character. Give examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

One theme developed by the author in The House of Mirth is how men and women related to each other during the time in history in which The House of Mirth is set. Compare and contrast the relationship between men and women during the time in which The House of Mirth is set to the relationship between men and women today.

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