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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. When Ladislaw's messenger arrives at Lowick, Dorothea is not there. Where is she?
2. Brooke's political platform does not endorse what?
3. Who decides to pay off Lydgate's debt to Bulstrode?
4. What does Brooke tell Ladislaw at the end of Chapter 51?
5. What has changed for Celia by the time of Casaubon's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize the rest of Fred and Mary's life together.
2. What are Dorothea's plans for the future in Chapter 55?
3. How does Lydgate's relative respond to Rosamond's request for money?
4. What does Mrs. Cadwallader tell Dorothea in Chapter 62? What is Dorothea's reaction?
5. How does Rosamond lose her baby?
6. What are the stipulations of Casaubon's will?
7. What happens at the end of Chapter 71, during and after the town meeting?
8. What does the narrator say in describing Dorothea's character?
9. Describe the reunion between Dorothea and Ladislaw.
10. What is Bulstrode's part in Raffles' death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the relationship between Bulstrode and Raffles. Why is the information Raffles has so scandalous? Neither are particularly virtuous; who is more despicable, and why? Does Bulstrode deserve the torment that Raffles bestows upon him? Is Bulstrode's revenge justified? 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
The women of Middlemarch, as all Victorian women, obey their husbands to various degrees. Some are perfectly obedient, while others rebel against the constraints placed upon them. Pick three wives from the novel, and compare their attitudes toward their husbands and their duties as a wife. Does their behavior correlate in any way with the quality of their relationships? Does it affect how others see them? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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