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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Uncle Deane tell Tom that he does well not to tell people how old he is?
(a) Tom is thought to be younger than he is, and may be able to pass himself off as a student.
(b) Tom should not bring up the subject of age because it is not good manners.
(c) Tom should try to be judged purely on the basis of his actions, not his age or appearance.
(d) Tom looks older than he is and may pass for being more experienced than he is in business.

2. What is George Eliot trying to communicate with the title, "The Torn Nest is Pierced by the Thorns"?
(a) The Tullivers do not seem to be making any effort to repair their nest and it just gets worse.
(b) Creditors keep coming to the door to ask for money.
(c) The Tullivers are like birds living in a torn nest with thorns that poke them.
(d) There are many birds and bird nests in the area around the Tullivers' house.

3. Why does Maggie have nightmares while she sleeps on the boat with Stephen?
(a) She fears that she ruins her life and that of her family members.
(b) She is afraid the boat overturns and she drowns.
(c) She wonders whether anyone realizes that they drift too far down the river accidentally.
(d) She is concerned about all the people who must be worrying about her and Stephen.

4. Why does Maggie criticize the book, Corinne, which Philip brings to her?
(a) The heroine is blond.
(b) There is no moral.
(c) The book is dull.
(d) The story is too long.

5. What clue does George Eliot give us to indicate that Stephen Guest is married at the end of the book?
(a) She has Stephen call out to his wife while they are visiting the tomb.
(b) She tells the reader outright that Stephen is married.
(c) She refers to Stephen's wife and children.
(d) She says that he visits the tomb later "with a sweet face beside him".

6. What action makes Maggie and Stephen particularly conscious of their attraction to each other?
(a) They have a long talk about books and art.
(b) They walk around the garden one evening while Lucy is out.
(c) They discover that they agree about politics.
(d) They happen to look each other in the eyes.

7. What reason does Maggie give Lucy for not being tired the night after she meets Stephen?
(a) She is still tired from traveling to Lucy's home.
(b) She is still thinking of the music they enjoy.
(c) She is not used to going to bed so early.
(d) She stays up to talk to Lucy.

8. What does Maggie tell Lucy is her reason for leaving St. Ogg's and taking another teaching job?
(a) She prefers never to marry at all, but just to teach.
(b) She cannot marry Philip if her brother does not approve.
(c) She falls in love with Stephen.
(d) She does not want to marry Philip anymore.

9. Why does Dr. Kenn hope that the good opinion of Maggie by some people is restored?
(a) Stephen sends a letter vindicating Maggie.
(b) Philip still marries Maggie.
(c) Maggie is a good character.
(d) Lucy speaks on Maggie's behalf.

10. How does Tom react when Maggie comes home?
(a) He calls the police and has her arrested.
(b) He refuses to allow her to come under his roof.
(c) He argues with her but eventually lets her in.
(d) He forgives her right away and welcomes her home.

11. What does Philip offer to do for Maggie if she sees him regularly while she is caring for her parents?
(a) Help her to find a job.
(b) Help to finance Tom's trading venture.
(c) Meet in secret and bring her books.
(d) Convince his father to sell the mill.

12. What happens between Stephen and Maggie at the Mosses?
(a) They refuse to admit that they love each other.
(b) They admit that they love each other but will not be together.
(c) They fight over Stephen's admission of love for Maggie.
(d) They consider getting married.

13. How do we know that Tom is a very able employee?
(a) Tom insists on continuing to invest money in entrepreneurial schemes.
(b) Tom says that he feels he is doing a good job.
(c) He is earning a good income for his family.
(d) He is offered a share of the business at Guest and Company.

14. Why does Stephen want to marry Lucy?
(a) He thinks that his family approves of a marriage with her.
(b) She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.
(c) She is not a remarkable rarity but is moderate in all things.
(d) He is madly in love with her and thinks of nothing else.

15. How does Maggie die at the end of the book?
(a) She is trying to rescue Tom from the flood and they both are swept away.
(b) She is buried when a house is knocked down in the storm and collapses on her.
(c) She jumps into the floodwater and commits suicide.
(d) She is trying to leave St. Ogg's again in a boat, and it capsizes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Maggie pore over the pages of a book while she is waiting for Lucy to return?

2. What does Tom want to do to make more money?

3. How does the narrator think pubic opinion regards Maggie if she returns to St. Ogg's as Mrs. Stephen Guest?

4. Why does Lucy have a confidential conversation with her father the same evening that Philip first comes to visit?

5. What happens once Maggie and Stephen reach land?

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