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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. Mr. Holmes knows that he would be ____________ with Margret as his wife.

2. Why has Dr. Knowles purchased new property?

3. What is Mr. Holmes expecting Dr. Knowles to give him?

4. What is the name of Margret's long lost dog?

5. Why is Margret so intent on having the job at the mill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first that Margret hears of the mill being sold?

2. What does it do to the story when the author introduces Mr. Holmes' point of view in Chapter 10?

3. What do the footsteps in the hall signify for Margret?

4. What is the point of view of the story?

5. What is the premise of MARGRET HOWTH: A STORY OF TO-DAY?

6. How does Mr. Holmes wrestle with his old and new persona?

7. Explain how the main characters have all resolved their major issues.

8. What is revealed about Joe's crime as he talks to Mr. Holmes?

9. What are the overt and subtle conclusions for the main characters?

10. Where does Mr. Holmes go before he makes the trip to the Howth home on Christmas Eve?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study on Margret. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Margret's story takes place in 1860s rural Indiana. Project Margret's character 150 years into the future. How different would she be if she were a 21st century character living in rural Indiana? What would she be like if she were a 21st century character living in a metropolitan area?

Essay Topic 3

Poverty takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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