Middlemarch Test | Final 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. Who inherits Tipton Grange?

2. What does Rosamond want Lydgate to do about their debt?

3. According to his will, Dorothea will forfeit her share of Casaubon's estate if she does what?

4. Whom does Mrs. Garth want Mary to marry?

5. Who tries to blackmail Bulstrode?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dorothea upset about Casaubon's will?

2. What are Dorothea's plans for the future in Chapter 55?

3. What is Lydgate's diagnosis and prescription for Raffles?

4. What does Dorothea pledge to Lydgate at the beginning of Chapter 76?

5. What happens between Bulstrode and Ladislaw in Chapter 61?

6. What revelation does Mrs. Garth make to Fred Vincy?

7. What is Mrs. Cadwallader's advice to mourning Dorothea?

8. With what information does Raffles attempt to blackmail Bulstrode?

9. How does Lydgate's relative respond to Rosamond's request for money?

10. Summarize the rest of Fred and Mary's life together.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Both Rosamond and Dorothea rebel against their husbands but in very different ways. Compare their characters. How are their methods of rebellion different? Does their rebellion get equal results, or is one more effective than the other at circumventing her husband's wishes? How does their rebellion affect the way they are seen by the community? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

In the prologue, the author begins by relating the tale of St. Theresa. As the main character of the novel, what resemblance does Dorothea bear to this saint? Is it an appropriate comparison? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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