Middlemarch 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. How many wills are read after Featherstone's funeral?

2. To whom does Lydgate announce his marriage plans?

3. Who asks Bulstrode to try to convince Lydgate not to marry Rosamond?

4. In the end, who is appointed chaplain?

5. In the Prelude, the author describes the life of what saint?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Fred and Peter Stonehouse fight about?

2. What happens on the night of Featherstone's death?

3. Why do the Vincys get a new family doctor?

4. What are the objections that the men of Middlemarch express about the way Lydgate practices medicine?

5. Why does Lydgate visit Lowick in Chapter 42?

6. Compare and contrast the Brooke sisters.

7. Describe how Dorothea, Mr. Brooke, and Celia, respectively, feel about Dorothea's engagement to Casaubon.

8. What happens as Mr. Brooke and Dorothea are touring Tipton?

9. What do Featherstone's two wills state?

10. Summarize Lydgate's background.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Dorothea and Celia Brooke. What are their main qualities? How does each fit into the role of a Victorian woman? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the author's use of foreshadowing in the novel---for example, the first mention of how Casaubon's work is affecting his health in Chapter 21 foreshadows the fact that he literally works himself to death later. Is this an effective style? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the dynamics of the Vincy and Garth families. In what ways are their interactions with one another similar? In what ways are they different? Does one seem to fit the idea of a "typical" Victorian family better than the other? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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