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

3. What does the note that Lily finds next to her bedside from Judy Trenor say ?

4. What does Lawrence Selden see when he goes to the Trenor house to look for Lily?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How would an objective observer describe Gerty Farish?

2. In book 2, chapter 10, what is Lily's outlook on life now that she no longer has her social status?

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

4. In book 1, chapter 4, how does the author use the gossip of Judy Trenor?

5. In book1, chapter 12, why is Bertha Dorset interested in renewing her friendship with Lily?

6. Compare Lawrence Selden's feelings about women with Lily's feelings about women.

7. 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?

8. What is Lily's goal in attending church with Percy Gryce?

9. In book 2, chapter 3, why is Lawrence Selden afraid for Lily's safety regarding Bertha Dorset?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain why The House of Mirth is called "a novel of manners." Give examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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