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

In Howards End, there is a division between the urban characters and those from the suburbs or the country. Write an essay discussing the differences between these characters and how Forster's treatment of these characters may reflect his own views of city versus country life. Consider these questions:

- Are some characters considered more up to date and modern than others?

- Does the character's specific location in reference to the land endow him or her with a different kind of knowledge in Forster's view?

- If so, what are these different kinds of knowledge?

- How does being situated in an urban or rural landscape change how the character moves about in society?

- Do some of the characters move easily from one locale to the next?

- Do other characters have trouble negotiating the change from urban to rural and vise versa?

You should pick at least three characters to compare and contrast.

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

Throughout the novel, Forster has the characters moving in and out of houses and discussing their relationships to the places they have lived. The houses almost become a secondary roster of characters in the novel: Howards End, Wickham Place, Ducie Street, etc. Write an essay in discussing the difference between the way the characters relate to their houses. Choose at least three characters to compare and contrast. What does the way a character relates to his or her home say about his or her character? What view do you think the author relates most closely to?

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