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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mr. Tulliver change his mind about asking the Mosses to pay their debt?
(a) He remembers that the Mosses have a lot of expenses to pay.
(b) He thinks about how he feels in Mr. Moss's position.
(c) He realizes that he doesn't really need the money that badly.
(d) He wants Tom to be generous with Maggie if she ever needs it.

2. 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?
(a) Atheism.
(b) Christianity.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Paganism.

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

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

5. What does the narrator say is the prime moral value of the Dodsons?
(a) Respect for life in all forms.
(b) Submission to the will of God.
(c) Delight in the goodness of life and of all human beings.
(d) Revering what is customary and respectable.

6. What happens to Maggie when she tries to hug Tom because she is so delighted by the music coming from the music box?
(a) Her uncle offers to play another tune on the music box.
(b) Tom hugs her back and forgives her for upsetting his house of cards.
(c) Her mother praises Maggie for being so well behaved.
(d) She gets in trouble for making him spill his cowslip wine.

7. What is Mr. Tulliver's opinion of lawyers?
(a) He thinks that they are beneath his social station.
(b) He wishes that he can afford to hire one.
(c) He considers them to be rascals.
(d) He admires them and wants Tom to become one.

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

9. Why do Tom and his friend Bob fight?
(a) Bob thinks Tom does not bring him along on his "Noah's Ark".
(b) One wants to go fishing and the other does not want to.
(c) Each thinks the other cheats at a coin flip.
(d) Tom feels that Bob insults Maggie.

10. 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.

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

12. Why does Maggie leap to Tom's defense while Mr. Tulliver discusses Tom's education with Mr. Riley?
(a) Mr. Tulliver says that Tom is never likely to become much of a scholar.
(b) Mr. Tulliver says that he does not mean for Tom to be a miller and a farmer.
(c) Mr. Tulliver says that he has something on his mind regarding Tom.
(d) Mr. Tulliver says that if Tom is a miller, he turns Mr. Tulliver out of his own mill.

13. How does the narrator say that Maggie looks compared to her cousin Lucy?
(a) Like a bright, sharp knife blade.
(b) Like a cold, clear shaft of ice.
(c) Like a newly blossomed rose.
(d) Like a rough, dark, overgrown puppy.

14. 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 thinks that it leaves a boy's education up to pure luck.
(c) She feels that girls should also go to school with independent schoolmasters.
(d) She approves of the individual attention that boys get from these teachers.

15. What does the narrator think of Mrs. Pullet's grief over old Mrs. Sutton's death?
(a) She considers it to be genuine and sincere.
(b) She thinks it is intended to irritate the Dodson sisters.
(c) She considers it to be phony and contrived.
(d) She feels that it is unnecessarily melodramatic.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Maggie not punished for her behavior after running away and coming home again?

2. Why is it hard on Maggie to have her aunts and uncles and cousins come to visit?

3. Why does Maggie get angry with her aunts and uncles?

4. What member of Maggie's family indulges her the most?

5. When Mr. Tulliver wakes up, what does he tell Tom to do about the family's bankruptcy?

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