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

2. Where does Lily acquire the knowledge to discuss Percy's hobby?

3. Why does Lily join a party with Carry Fischer and another couple in the Adirondacks?

4. What hobby of Percy Gryce's does Lily discuss with him while on the train to the party at Bellomont?

5. What is Lily concerned about at the beginning of chapter 2, book 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Lily meets and has tea with Simon Rosedale while on her way home from the chemist. What does Lily tell him?

2. Why does Lily envy Lawrence Selden's lifestyle?

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

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

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

6. What is Lily's goal in life?

7. How does Lily deceive herself regarding her motives toward Percy Gryce and Lawrence Selden?

8. In book 2, chapter 8, what is the status of Lily's relationship with Gerty Farish?

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. In book 1, chapter 11, what does Grace Stepney tell her aunt about Lily?

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

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton criticizes the relationships women have with each other because they are competitive and mean. Choose a relationship between two women in The House of Mirth that best exemplifies the competitive and mean spirit criticized by the author. Explain why you chose this particular relationship.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton leaves the cause of Lily's death, accidental overdose, or suicide, unresolved in the reader's mind. Which cause of death do you believe the author was hinting at? Why? What clues does the author give that shows she is hinting at the answer to Lily's death?

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