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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Tom have a hard time at school with Mr. Stelling?
(a) He misses his family at home in St. Ogg's.
(b) He is not good at learning things like geometry and Latin.
(c) He does not like living with Mr. Stelling.
(d) He does not like to work and would rather go fishing.

2. Which of the following character traits does the narrator feel is typical of the people of St. Ogg's?
(a) Callousness.
(b) Superstitiousness.
(c) Grace.
(d) Courage.

3. What do the Tullivers think of their daughter, Maggie?
(a) She is smart and mischievous.
(b) She is hardworking but dumb.
(c) She is obedient but foolish.
(d) She is pretty and docile.

4. How does Maggie react to the aunt's criticism of her hair?
(a) She cuts it.
(b) She braids it and puts a hat on.
(c) She brushes it.
(d) She sticks her head in a bucket of water.

5. Why does Mr. Wakem ask Mr. Tulliver to run the mill?
(a) It helpz him to get back on his feet again.
(b) It givez Philip a chance to get to know Maggie again.
(c) It humiliatez him to work for Mr. Wakem.
(d) It is a way for Mr. Wakem to help the Tullivers.

6. What does Mrs. Moss do when she arrives?
(a) She offers to let the family come and live with her.
(b) She asks what she can do to help make her brother more comfortable.
(c) She tells the family that her family owes Mr. Tulliver three hundred pounds.
(d) She offers to buy some of the dishes and linens.

7. What does Tom suggest the aunts and uncles can do to help?
(a) Provide a home for the family to go to after the property is sold.
(b) Help him to finish his education and Maggie to finish hers.
(c) Offer a job to him and to Maggie, so they can support their parents.
(d) Give money to him and Maggie right away, instead of leaving it to them in their wills.

8. Why is it hard on Maggie to have her aunts and uncles and cousins come to visit?
(a) Maggie does not like her aunts and uncles and cousins.
(b) Her cousin Lucy is much more docile and obedient than Maggie.
(c) Maggie wants to have Tom all to herself.
(d) Her cousin Lucy does not like to play with Maggie.

9. How does Mr. Tulliver's accident cause Maggie to grow up?
(a) She becomes compassionate, even toward a woman she never likes, Mrs. Stelling.
(b) She learns that tragedy can befall anyone at any time.
(c) She realizes that she has to support her family financially in some way.
(d) She puts her own feelings aside in order to comfort Tom.

10. What surprise does Tom bring back for Maggie from school?
(a) A bird's nest.
(b) A kitten.
(c) Some marbles.
(d) A new fishing line.

11. What does the narrator think about the system of sending boys to study with independent schoolmasters, such as Mr. Stelling?
(a) She thinks it is wrong for boys to leave their homes to go to school.
(b) She feels that girls should also go to school with independent schoolmasters.
(c) She thinks that it leaves a boy's education up to pure luck.
(d) She approves of the individual attention that boys get from these teachers.

12. Which part of the news about the family finances shocks Mr. Tulliver the most when he first regains his senses after the accident?
(a) The realization that he cannot pay back his debts.
(b) The realization that most of his goods are sold.
(c) The realization that he is bankrupt.
(d) The realization that he cannot afford to keep Tom in school.

13. Why does looking at the new bonnet make Mrs. Tulliver and Mrs. Pullet so sad?
(a) Mrs. Pullet speculates that she may not live to wear the bonnet in a second season.
(b) The bonnet is not fashionable any more.
(c) Mrs. Tulliver wishes that she has a similar bonnet.
(d) The bonnet is crushed in the closet and ruined.

14. What does the narrator say it means when a young boy appears sheepish?
(a) He is in awe of your wisdom.
(b) He is thinking of counterarguments to your views.
(c) He thinks you are strange.
(d) He is carefully listening to what you say.

15. How do we know that Maggie tends to be rambunctious?
(a) She is always getting her clothes dirty.
(b) She likes to read books.
(c) She manages to stay neat and clean.
(d) She sits still to have her hair combed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the one person Mr. Tulliver recognizes after his fall from the horse?

2. What does Mr. Tulliver feel is his strongest reason for staying and working at the mill?

3. How does Mrs. Moss soften Mr. Tulliver's anger?

4. How does Philip manage to get Tom excited about learning?

5. What does the narrator say is the most accurate depiction of the religion of the Tullivers and the other people who live in the village of St. Ogg's?

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