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

2. How does Stephen offend Maggie at the dance?
(a) He tries to embrace her.
(b) He showers her arm with kisses when they are briefly alone together.
(c) He talks to her about love.
(d) He tells her that he is thinking of going far away.

3. What does Tom want to do to make more money?
(a) Trade, by sending cargo out to foreign ports.
(b) Get a second job.
(c) Speculate by investing in businesses.
(d) Go back to school to get a better education.

4. 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 wonders whether anyone realizes that they drift too far down the river accidentally.
(c) She is concerned about all the people who must be worrying about her and Stephen.
(d) She is afraid the boat overturns and she drowns.

5. 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?
(a) Philip is determined to take some kind of action.
(b) Philip cannot wait for Tom to feel better about the marriage.
(c) Philip suspects there is some other reason too.
(d) Philip believes that Maggie chooses asceticism again.

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

7. Why does Maggie pore over the pages of a book while she is waiting for Lucy to return?
(a) It is a way to hide her face while she is crying.
(b) She wants to give the impression of only being interested in books.
(c) It gives her something to do and she is feeling bored.
(d) She is fascinated by the book and cannot put it down.

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

9. How does Philip shake Maggie's resolve never to see him again?
(a) He tells her that she is just trying to stupefy herself into resignation.
(b) He asks her whether she does not like him as she once does.
(c) He tells her that she is missing all that life has to offer.
(d) He tells her that he cannot live without her.

10. What happens to Bob's house?
(a) It is damaged by wind during a storm.
(b) It is buried by a mudslide.
(c) It is destroyed in a flood.
(d) It burns to the ground.

11. Why does Maggie ask Tom to release her from her promise not to see Philip?
(a) Maggie cannot bear to be away from Philip.
(b) Maggie hopes that since their father is dead, things change.
(c) Lucy thinks that Philip is a good friend for Maggie.
(d) Lucy wants to invite Philip to her house.

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

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

14. What do Tom and Maggie look like when their bodies are discovered?
(a) They are far from each other.
(b) They are no longer recognizable.
(c) They are never found.
(d) They are hugging each other tightly.

15. Why does Lucy understand and forgive Maggie?
(a) Dr. Kenn counsels her to forgive.
(b) She reads Stephen's letter.
(c) She forgives everyone.
(d) Maggie's mother checks on her every day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What clue does George Eliot give us to indicate that Stephen Guest is married at the end of the book?

2. Why does Mrs. Tulliver not want Maggie to do any work that is hard on her hands?

3. What happens to Dorlcote Mill in the flood?

4. Why does the job working for Dr. Kenn become a problem?

5. What does Maggie find the most difficult about living at home, in poverty?

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