Howard's End Test | Final Test - Hard

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Essay Topics

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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

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.

Essay Topic 3

At its heart, the story Howards End is essentially about the relationship that develops between the Schlegel and Wilcox families, which grows more complicated as the novel unfolds. There are some basic and fundamental differences between the two families. Write an essay comparing the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes. Describe the key characteristics of each family that make them either similar or different, and discuss how these characteristics affect the relationship between the two families.

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