The House of Mirth Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the exhaustion and the stress of the day cause Lily to do when she tries to sleep the night she visited Nettie Struther?

2. When Lily returns from Alaska, what advice does Carry Fischer give her ?

3. In book 2, chapter 6, why does George Dorset apologize to Lily while at the Gormers ?

4. What does Lily say in her telegram to Lawrence Selden?

5. In book 2, chapter 10, how does Lily react to Simon Rosedale's offer of help ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton comments on high society and the roles of women in society at the time in which The House of Mirth was written. Choose either the author's comments on high society or the author's comments on women's roles in society at the time. Include in your answer what you believe her opinion is, and why. What is the tone of these comments? What makes you think so? Give examples from the story to explain your answer.

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