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 12, what type of party entertainment does Lily participate in?

2. While Lily and Lawrence Selden are walking together, what does he tell Lily about his idea of success?

3. What is the result of Lily's activities the first night of the party?

4. Why does Lily go to Gerty Farish's apartment after her confrontation with Gus Trenor at his house?

5. Who accompanies Simon and Lily to the event ?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Bertha has betrays Lily, how does Lawrence Selden feel toward Lily?

2. In book 1, chapter 10, why does Lily donate money to the charity Gerty Farish tells her about?

3. In book 1, chapter 4, what is the warning Mrs. Trenor gives to Lily?

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

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

6. Explain Lawrence Selden's idea of success.

7. In book 1, chapter 15, what does Lily realize regarding her debt to Gus Trenor?

8. In book 2, chapter 3, how does Lily show her characteristic poor judgment in her friendship with men, namely George Dorset?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The House of Mirth was written using elements of both realism and romanticism. Explore the difference between romanticism and realism, presenting examples from the novel to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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