Howard's End Test | Final Test - Hard

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Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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