Howard's End Test | Final 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 identity occur frequently throughout the novel. Choose at least three characters and discuss how each one approaches the concept of identity. Questions to consider while writing are:

- Is the character conscious of his or her identity or not?

- Does that character feel comfortable with her or her identity?

- Does the character consciously try to change who he or she is or how he or she is perceived by society?

- Also, what social commentary does the author hope to make through these explorations of identity in the novel Howards End?

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

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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