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 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

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

Explain one of the following themes as it is developed in The House of Mirth. Use examples from the story to explain your answer.

1) Lily's use of beauty as wealth and to gain wealth.

2) Lily's inability to judge what is appropriate and what is not in her relationships with men.

Essay Topic 3

Lily had relationships with many characters, both male and female, throughout The House of Mirth. Choose one of Lily's relationships with a male character and one relationship with a female character and explain how each of these relationships changes as the story progresses.

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