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. Who are the Welly Brys?

2. What does Gus Trenor want Lily to do now that he is a successful investor?

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

4. Who is Mrs. Van Osburgh?

5. The House of Mirth take place during what period?

Short Essay Questions

1. In book 2, chapter 5, why does Lily think Simon Rosedale will marry her for love?

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

3. In book 1, chapter 11, what does Lily's aunt do after Grace Stepney talks to her about Lily?

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

5. Why doesn't Lily use the letters she acquired from Mrs. Haffen to get back at Bertha Dorset?

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

7. What is Lily's goal in life?

8. In book 1, chapter 6, what does Lawrence Selden warn Lily about regarding her goals?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme developed by the author in The House of Mirth is how men and women related to each other during the time in history in which The House of Mirth is set. Compare and contrast the relationship between men and women during the time in which The House of Mirth is set to the relationship between men and women today.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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