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. What is Carry Fischer's job?

2. What does Lily realize as she chats with Gus Trenor on the way home from the train station?

3. What do Lily and Lawrence Selden discover as they walk together on Sunday afternoon?

4. In book 1, chapter 5, what does Lily purposefully interrupt on Sunday morning?

5. At dinner in book 1, chapter 14, why does Gerty Farish mistakenly believe Lawrence Selden wants to marry her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While dining in Monte Carlo, what does Carry Fischer criticize Lily about to Lawrence Selden ?

3. In book 2, chapter 11, what does Lily realize about herself based on Simon Rosedale's love for her?

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

5. What does Gerty Farish advise Lily to do regarding the situation in Monte Carlo?

6. Even though Lily is in love with Lawrence Selden,why does she fight her feelings for him?

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

8. In book 1, chapter 10, why does Lily continue her arrangement with Gus Trenor?

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

10. What are Nettie Struther's feelings toward Lily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Answer all parts.

Why did Edith Wharton choose The House of Mirth for the title of the novel?

1) Give examples from the book that explain the title.

2) Do you think the title fits the book? Why or why not?

3) If you could give the book a different title, what would it be? Give reasons for your answer.

Essay Topic 2

List the main events from The House of Mirth. Could you change the order of the main events or leave out any main events? Why or why not?

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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