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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 9, what is happening at the place Lily goes after her cousin's wedding?

2. Why is Lily Bart waiting for a train when she is first introduced in the book?

3. In book 1, chapter 8, how does Mrs. Trenor feel about the friendship between Lily and Gus?

4. Where does The House of Mirth take place?

5. What does Lily realize when she discovers that Mrs. Trenor is actually at Bellomont?

Short Essay Questions

1. In book 2, chapter 11, what does Lily decide to do when she wakes up the morning after Simon Rosedale makes his offer to her?

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

3. What does Lily believe Gerty Farish will provide for her when she goes to Gerty's apartment after she argues with Gus Trenor?

4. What example of racism does Lily demonstrate in book 1, chapter 2?

5. In book1, chapter 12, why is Bertha Dorset interested in renewing her friendship with Lily?

6. In book 2, chapter 3, why is Lawrence Selden afraid for Lily's safety regarding Bertha Dorset?

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

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

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

10. Explain Lawrence Selden's idea of success.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Answer all parts.

Edith Wharton ends The House of Mirth with a word left unsaid by both Lawrence Selden and Lily.

1) What do you think that word is? Why? Use examples from the story to explain your answer.

2) If Lawrence Selden and Lily had both been able to say the word to each other, would the ending of the story have been different? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Several components of quality literature include:

1) use of descriptive words

2) use of analogies, metaphors, and similes

3) an attention-grabbing beginning

4) details

5) appealing to the five senses

Is The House of Mirth is an example of quality literature? Why or why not? Give examples from the story using three of the five components of quality literature to explain your answer.

(see the answer keys)

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