Margret Howth: A Story of To-Day 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. Which of the following does NOT describe the conditions in the mill where Lois Yare worked as a child?

2. Which of the following is NOT an element of the Howth household?

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

4. Who is the only one who feeds the caged chicken in Margret's office?

5. What does Margret find that prompts her to write this story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mr. Holmes conflicted in his marriage decision?

2. What is Margret's demeanor and outlook these days?

3. What was Dr. Knowles' reason for taking Margret to the abandoned tavern?

4. What is the plan that Mr. Holmes intends to launch on Christmas Eve?

5. What are the indications that the Howth family has been struggling with poverty since Mr. Howth's blindness?

6. What are the circumstances in which Dr. Knowles transfers the deed to the mill to Mr. Holmes?

7. Why had Margret broken her engagement to Mr. Holmes?

8. What literary technique does the author use when writing this sentence: "These churches lifted their hard, stone faces insolently, registering their yearly alms in the morning journals."

9. Why is Mr. Holmes so depressed about the imminent approach of Christmas?

10. Describe the scene in which Lois dies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends throughout the story. What is the presumed role of women in the Midwest during the 1860s? Explain by giving examples.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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