The Mill on the Floss Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mr. Tulliver do when he happens to run into Mr. Wakem after he pays off his other creditors?
(a) He tells him what happens.
(b) He attacks him.
(c) He forgives him.
(d) He asks him to come and have dinner with the family.

2. Why is Maggie happy to run into Philip?
(a) She wants to tell him just what she thinks of what her father does to her family.
(b) She hopes that he brings her some books to read or at least tell her some stories.
(c) She wants to let him know that she does not blame him for what happens.
(d) She thinks that he may want to talk to her.

3. How does Philip Wakem react to the news about Maggie and Stephen?
(a) He sends her a letter saying that he believes in her.
(b) He sends her an angry letter refusing ever to see her.
(c) He decides that she must love Stephen very much.
(d) He is not bothered at all by the news.

4. 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 says that he visits the tomb later "with a sweet face beside him".
(c) She refers to Stephen's wife and children.
(d) She tells the reader outright that Stephen is married.

5. How does Tom force Maggie to stop seeing Philip?
(a) He threatens to take away Maggie's books.
(b) He threatens Philip with bodily harm if he sees Maggie again.
(c) He threatens to tell their father if she does not.
(d) He sends Maggie away to another town.

6. Why is Maggie admitted to society and invited to social events that are thought to be above her station?
(a) Maggie's mother takes it upon herself to make sure that Maggie is included.
(b) Lucy and Stephen want her to be included, so others include her.
(c) Maggie is assertive about making sure that she is included.
(d) Lucy personally asks her friends to invite Maggie to events.

7. What do the aunts and uncles think of Tom, now that he grows up?
(a) He is an embarrassment to the family.
(b) He may be able to restore the Tullivers' good name.
(c) He should leave the Tullivers and live somewhere else.
(d) He becomes a credit to the family.

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

9. How does Tom figure out that Maggie is secretly meeting Philip?
(a) He sees her face when Aunt Pullet mentions seeing Philip leaving the Red Deep.
(b) He finds a book that Philip loans to Maggie.
(c) He finds a letter that Maggie writes to Philip.
(d) He sees Maggie and Philip together.

10. How does Lucy's plan to intervene with Tom on Maggie's behalf backfire?
(a) She makes Tom feel suspicious that Maggie must be planning to marry Philip.
(b) She convinces Tom that Maggie never goes back into service.
(c) She argues with Tom and ends up dividing the family between those who agree with her and those who do not.
(d) She persuades Tom that Maggie should be allowed to become a schoolteacher.

11. How do Maggie and Stephen react to their growing interest in each other?
(a) They try to ignore each other and focus on Maggie.
(b) They spend as much time together as they can.
(c) They start meeting secretly.
(d) They begin to write each other letters.

12. What idea occurs to Stephen once he is alone in the boat with Maggie?
(a) He wants to send a message to Lucy.
(b) He wants to take a long boat trip and then return.
(c) He wants to land to avoid a storm.
(d) He wants to travel far away and get married.

13. 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) There are many birds and bird nests in the area around the Tullivers' house.
(c) The Tullivers are like birds living in a torn nest with thorns that poke them.
(d) Creditors keep coming to the door to ask for money.

14. What happens to Dorlcote Mill in the flood?
(a) It is demolished and never rebuilt.
(b) It rides out the flood with no problems.
(c) It is demolished but then is rebuilt.
(d) It floats away and becomes the mill in another town.

15. What happens once Maggie and Stephen reach land?
(a) They choose not to marry but to live together in the city.
(b) They get married but quickly start to argue.
(c) Stephen has second thoughts and leaves Maggie.
(d) Maggie refuses to marry him and she leaves alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bob try to cheer Maggie up?

2. Where has Tom wanted Maggie to live as long as she remains unmarried?

3. When Philip asks Maggie if she still has feelings for him, what does she give as her reason why she cannot marry him?

4. The last sentence of Book Six, Chapter 10 notes that Philip is not totally happy with Maggie's answer, and says that jealousy always longs for omniscience. What does the narrator mean by this?

5. What do Tom and Maggie both fear when Tom announces to his father that he is able to pay the debts?

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