Life in the Iron Mills, and Other Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Mrs. Palmer’s son tells her that who will bring the baby over for tea in the beginning of “Anne”?

2. What character on the train in “Anne” is said to be the “chairman of the Woman’s National Society for the Examination of Prisons”?

3. The narrator learns in “The Wife’s Story” that her husband’s first wife was addicted to what?

4. Who is coming to have tea with Mrs. Palmer’s daughter Susan in the beginning of “Anne”?

5. The narrator of “The Wife’s Story” says “It will be enough for me to give you the history of one day, - that of our first coming to” where?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conflict arises in “The Wife’s Story” relating to Hester’s musical ambitions?

2. What information does Jacky relate to Hester regarding Dr. Manning’s first wife in “The Wife’s Story”?

3. How would you describe the ending of “The Wife’s Story”? What happens to Hester?

4. What happens to Mrs. Palmer in the denouement of “Anne”?

5. How is Hester’s departure from her family described in “The Wife’s Story”?

6. How would you describe the character of Hester in “The Wife’s Story”? What information is established about Hester in the opening of the story?

7. What happens when Mrs. Palmer encounters George Forbes on the train in “Anne”?

8. Why is Hester’s family moving in “The Wife’s Story”? How does Hester feel about the move?

9. What does the narrator note about the character of Mrs. Palmer in the ending of “Anne”?

10. What consumes Mrs. Palmer’s thoughts when her character is introduced in “Anne”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine and discuss the correlations between Rebecca Harding Davis’s early childhood and the settings and themes in “Life in the Iron Mills.” Where do you think Rebecca derived the characters from the story? How is the setting similar to Rebecca’s childhood home?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of art and creation in “Life in the Iron Mills.” Which character in the story shows great talent? What is the author’s statement about this talent? How does this theme relate to the author’s biography?

Essay Topic 3

Examine and discuss Deborah’s feelings of jealousy over Janey in the “Life in the Iron Mills.” What is the relationship like between these characters? Why does Deb feel resentment toward Janey? How is Janey described?

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