Short Essay Questions Key
1. Where are the Bartons at the beginning of the novel?
At the beginning of the novel, the Bartons are at the Green Hey Fields outside of Manchester. It is a popular vacation spot for the working class.
2. How does the author describe the factory girls at the Green Hey Fields?
The author describes the girls at the Green Hey Fields as below-average in beauty with dark hair, dark eyes, sallow complexions and irregular features.
3. Why is Mrs. Barton upset in the first two chapters of the novel?
Mrs. Barton is upset by the disappearance of her sister, Esther. Esther left her apartments and disappeared without telling anyone where she was going.
4. What does Jem do to anger young Mary Barton?
Jem Wilson steals a kiss from the younger Mary Barton. She slaps him in anger at his forwardness.
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