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

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This test consists of 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The setting is the time and place in which the novel is set, including historical, geographic and location-specific details.

- What is the setting of Howards End?

- Do you know the setting because the author states this implicitly or because it is inferred from details about the time and place?

- How does the setting affect the telling of this story?

- If you change the setting, would the story still make sense or is it dependent on the setting?

Write an essay discussing how Forster created the setting in Howards End, answering all the questions above, providing specific examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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