Howard's End Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Miss Avery, the caretaker of Howards End, plays a minor though important role in the novel. Write an essay discussing Miss Avery's character and how she fits into the story. Why is she important? What role does she fill? What important functions does Miss Avery take care of? Discuss what drives Miss Avery to do what she does and the other characters' attitudes towards her. Can you tell how the narrator feels about her?

Essay Topic 2

Discussions of gender occur throughout the novel Howards End. Write an essay describing how Forster incorporates discussions of gender into the novel, especially describing what literary techniques he uses (dialogue, exposition, figurative language, characterization, context, etc.) and what the key issues about gender are that occur in the novel. You may also want to address why these issues were important at the time the novel was written.

Essay Topic 3

An author's style is created through the combination of literary devices and language that the author chooses to use, which makes his or her writing unique. Write an essay analyzing E.M. Forster's style in Howards End, discussing three key characteristics that make his style unique. Please use examples from the novel, providing quotes when necessary, to support your points. Feel free to compare Forster to other novelists you have read in class, especially if this comparison helps to prove the point of his uniqueness.

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