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. In the opening chapters, what is Dorothea's charitable project?

2. The setting of Chapter 28 is where?

3. What was Casaubon and Dorothea's first argument about?

4. Whom does Mr. Lydgate admire?

5. In the beginning of Chapter 4, from where are Dorothea and Celia returning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Lydgate and Rosamond, respectively, feel about marriage after their dinner together in Chapter 16?

2. What causes Rosamond to wonder if she should be jealous of Lydgate's meeting with Dorothea?

3. Why does Lydgate visit Lowick in Chapter 42?

4. Describe Lydgate's role in the appointment of the new chaplain.

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

6. Why does Casaubon propose to Dorothea?

7. What is the purpose of Dorothea's first visit to Lowick? What happens there?

8. What do Dorothea and Will talk about during Will's visit?

9. How do Mr. Brooke and Casaubon feel about Ladislaw in Chapter 37?

10. What do Featherstone's two wills state?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The narrator compares Dorothea to two different characters from other works. Choose a character, fictional or non-fictional, and compare Dorothea with that character. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the various relationships presented in the novel. What reasons did each couple have for their respective unions? Did the reasons for these marriages appear to affect their outcomes (for example, were marriages based on love longer lasting or more satisfying than relationships based on mutual gain)? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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