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 does Mrs. Trenor tell Lily after Bertha Dorset talks to Percy Gryce about her?

2. In book 1, chapter 14, what makes Gerty realize that Lawrence Selden is not in love with her?

3. When Lily arrives at the Trenor house, what does Gus Trenor first tell Lily about Mrs. Trenor?

4. What happens to Simon Rosedale's fortune as the stock market drops?

5. Who is Mrs. Van Osburgh?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. In book 1, chapter 7, what does Bertha Dorset do to get back at Lily for spending Sunday afternoon with Lawrence Selden?

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

7. Why does Lily believe it would be better to marry Simon Rosedale instead of George Dorset?

8. Explain Lawrence Selden's idea of success.

9. Explain the attitudes of Lily's family members in relation to her social standing and inheritance from her aunt.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the following statement: The only difference between a falsehood and a truth is whom people choose to believe.

1) Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

2) Give examples from The House of Mirth that prove or disprove this statement.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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