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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Jack’s benefactor growing up?

2. Mary Britten’s medicinal sausages are implied to induce what?

3. How many paces behind him does Mr. Butler instruct Jack to keep as they walk to Tobias’s home in Chapter 22?

4. Where had Mercy Larkin’s father worked as a mechanic, according to the narrator in Chapter 19?

5. When Tobias offers to help Jack with his inner demons in Tobias’s office in Chapter 13, Jack replies, “But what is it to you, Sir? It is my pain after all.” What is Tobias’s response?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the setting for the novel established in Chapter 1? When and where does the story begin?

2. Where does Jack fall asleep in Chapter 12? Who finds him?

3. Who is the guest of honor at Mr. Buckle’s house in Chapter 7? How is this character described?

4. How is Jack’s demeanor when he awakens in Chapter 31? What does Jack learn from Edward Constable?

5. What conversation does Mercy overhear between Mr. Buckle and Mr. Makepeace in Chapter 33?

6. What deal is made between Jack and Tobias in Chapter 13?

7. How are Jack’s daily activities described in Chapter 25? How does he spend his time?

8. How is the study of Tobias described in Chapter 13? What eccentricities fill his study?

9. How does Jack describe his progression as a thief in his letter from Chapter 43? Where did his family resettle during this time?

10. What news does Mr. Butler bring to Mr. Oates when Mr. Oates returns in Chapter 36?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Dr. Hardwick in the narrative. How is Dr. Hardwick’s home described when the cabbie takes Tobias there? How does Dr. Grieves treat the infant John Oates? What does he demand for payment? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Sophina in Jack Maggs. How does Jack meet Sophina? What is their relationship like? How does Jack perceive Tom’s feelings for Sophina? What happens to Sophina?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the setting of Islington and Jack’s life with Mary Britten, Sophina, Tom, and Silas Smith there. How does Jack feel about each of these characters? How does the setting of Islington compare with the previous home of Jack’s family?

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