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. What does Jacky take out from her pocket and show the narrator when she discusses the narrator’s husband’s past in “The Wife’s Story”?

2. The narrator says that in the long carriage rides she took with her husband in their first six months of marriage, she used to “succeed in coaxing him imperceptibly back to talk of his life” where?

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

4. What was Mrs. Palmer’s husband’s name in “Anne”?

5. The narrator’s husband in “The Wife’s Story” tells her when his business fails that it “would have been better I had not trusted the whole to” whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Mrs. Palmer travel in “Anne”? How does she fund her travels?

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

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

6. What does Hester discover about her husband after she’s left him in “The Wife’s Story”?

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

8. What is the character of Anne doing in the opening of the last story, “Anne”?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative style and setting of “The Wife’s Story.” What clues in the text indicate the time period in which the story takes place? Where in the United States is the story set? Is the story related from first, second, or third person?

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

Discuss the trial and sentencing of Hugh Wolfe in the narrative. Why did Hugh refuse a lawyer? Who was appointed to represent him? Do you think this lawyer did an adequate job? Why or why not?

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