The Mill on the Floss Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Do you think that Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver get along very well? Why or why not?

Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver tolerate each other, but Mr. Tulliver likes to think things through and make decisions himself, while Mrs. Tulliver likes to ask the opinion of her sisters before making major decisions.

2. Using the descriptions provided by their parents (Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver), compare and contrast the characters of Tom and Maggie.

Tom and Maggie look different physically; Tom, a boy, is light-skinned and blue-eyed, while Maggie, a girl, is olive-skinned and dark-eyed. Intellectually, they are also fairly different. Tom is not very interested in books and learning, while Maggie is very bright and reads well and enthusiastically.

3. What conclusions do you draw about gender roles in the village of St. Ogg's based on Mr. Tulliver's conversation with Mr. Riley?

Men are expected to become educated, make a good living and provide for their families. Women are expected to look pretty, take care of children, and be good at cooking and cleaning.

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