Little Dorrit Test | Mid-Book 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. Who asks for assistance with John and Amy's relationship?

2. Who is Henry Gowan?

3. How does Mrs. Clennam feel about her husband?

4. What is the name of Mr. and Mrs. Meagles's daughter?

5. Who is Arthur surprised to get a visit from one day in his office?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Merdle's physician say about him at a dinner party in Book 1?

2. Why does Amy refuse Arthur's offer to pay off her father's debts?

3. What allows Arthur to get away once Flora starts talking about rekindling their relationship?

4. What reaction does Amy have to her father's reaction to seeing her walking with Nandy?

5. What does Arthur realize when visiting with his old girlfriend, Flora, for the first time since his return to China?

6. What is the purpose of the Circumlocution Office?

7. How did John Edward Nandy come to know William Dorrit?

8. What is Mrs. Flintwinch's dream about in Chapter XV (Book 1)?

9. What does Arthur decide to do when he sees a man being taken to the hospital after walking with Pancks for the first time?

10. How does Amy respond to Arthur's paying off of Tip's debts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Amy could be described as kind, giving, and good or as naive and someone who is taken advantage of by others. Choose either position and present a paper discussing what kind of character Amy is, using direct evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of "Little Dorrit," Arthur views his relationship with Amy as a father-daughter relationship, yet they end up getting married by the time the novel concludes. Write a paper about whether or not Amy and Arthur should have gotten married.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why the Dorrit family's residence in the debtors' prison is (or is not) actually beneficial to them as a family unit.

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