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. What book does Margret read?

2. What does Lois do after her father goes to bed?

3. From where has Lois' father returned?

4. What does Dr. Knowles tell Mr. Holmes he has been doing today?

5. What does Margret feel will return?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the use of symbolism related to New Year's Eve and New Year's.

2. What surprises Margret when she steps outside for a few minutes before going to bed?

3. Explain the irony of Mr. Holmes' behavior toward Joe and the ultimate destruction of the mill.

4. What thoughts does Mr. Holmes have of Margret as he lies in the hospital?

5. How much time passes as Mr. Holmes recovers and who is a constant companion for him?

6. How does Mr. Holmes finally work up the nerve to propose to Margret?

7. In addition to Margret's engagement, what other good fortune occurs for the Howths on Christmas Day?

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

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

10. How does the author establish the bleak setting for the story and its protagonist's purpose for telling it?

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 Lois. 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 3

Explain the role of married women in the 1860s. Conversely, what was the normal role of an unmarried woman in the 1860s? What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? Did they enjoy any freedoms that 21st century women do not?

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