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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Tom react when he is offered a share in the business at Guest and Company?
(a) He asks his uncle to buy the old mill instead.
(b) He declines the offer and starts his own business instead.
(c) He tells his uncle he'd rather wait a few more years first.
(d) He immediately accepts.

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

3. Why does the job working for Dr. Kenn become a problem?
(a) Some gossips claim that Maggie is very lazy and does not take care of the children.
(b) Town gossips begin to talk about Maggie having a relationship wtih Dr. Kenn.
(c) People tend to think that Maggie is unreliable.
(d) People don't think that Maggie is fit to be around children.

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

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

6. How does their father's death affect Maggie and Tom's relationship?
(a) They decide to tolerate each other.
(b) Their attitudes toward each other are unchanged.
(c) They forgive each other.
(d) They blame each other.

7. Why does Stephen contact Maggie after she returns home from their boat trip together?
(a) He writes to say that he still loves her.
(b) He writes to say that he is going to marry Lucy.
(c) He stops by to apologize for letting the boat go so far.
(d) He stops by to say that he has no regrets.

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

9. What is Stephen Guest's first reaction to hearing that Maggie is coming to visit her cousin Lucy?
(a) He does not want to set eyes on any female other than Lucy.
(b) He is afraid to see what a daughter of Mrs. Tulliver is like.
(c) He is eager to meet Maggie, assuming she is like Lucy.
(d) He hopes that he does not have to meet Maggie at all.

10. How does Mr. Tulliver look when he goes to meet his creditors and pay them?
(a) Emotionally overwrought, tearful, and hesitant.
(b) Like his old self, strong and full of life.
(c) Lacking in confidence, unsure of himself.
(d) Sick, weakly, and feeble.

11. What does Mr. Tulliver plan to do once the debts are paid?
(a) Invest more money in Tom's trading business.
(b) Find some property to buy.
(c) Stop working for Wakem at the mill.
(d) Set aside money for dowry for Maggie.

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

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

14. Which of the following statements best foreshadows Maggie's death in the flood?
(a) The historical floods that occurs at St. Ogg's.
(b) Maggie's choice to dunk her head in a bucket as a child.
(c) Maggie's boat trip with Stephen Guest.
(d) Mrs. Tulliver's comment, while looking for Maggie as a child, that she drows in the pond someday.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Why doesn't Philip want to ask Maggie to marry him right away?

3. How does Tom react, at first, to Maggie's request that she is allowed to see Philip?

4. Why does Maggie criticize the book, Corinne, which Philip brings to her?

5. What do the aunts and uncles think of Tom, now that he grows up?

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