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. How does Lily feel about Gerty's living conditions at the beginning of the story?

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

3. What is Lily's plan for Percy Gryce whom she meets while on the train to Bellomont?

4. Who are the Welly Brys?

5. How does Lily acquire letters found by Mrs. Haffen, Lawrence Selden's cleaning lady?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lily turn down Carry Fischer's offer to care for the Welly Brys?

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

3. How would an objective observer describe Gerty Farish?

4. In book 2, chapter 9, how does Lawrence Selden react when Lily reprimands him for not visiting her sooner than he did?

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

6. What does Lawrence Selden realize about his relationship with Lily after he finds she has died?

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

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

9. 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.

10. Explain Lily's dilemma regarding Lawrence Selden and Simon Rosedale.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Answer all parts.

In The House of Mirth, we learn a great deal about Lily Bart.

1) List four adjectives that describe Lily's personality. Include an example from the story to explain each adjective.

2) What is a value or belief Lily has?

3) How does she act on this value or belief?

4) How does Lily change as the book progresses?

5) What causes Lily to change?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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