The Mill on the Floss Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator think about the system of sending boys to study with independent schoolmasters, such as Mr. Stelling?

2. How does Tom react to his father's accident?

3. Why is Maggie nervous about seeing Tom when he comes home?

4. What does Tom think of Maggie?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lucy at first think that Stephen and Maggie do not like each other?

2. Why are Maggie and Philip a good match for each other?

3. The title of Book Five, last chapter, Chapter Seven, "A Day of Reckoning," has a double meaning. What is it?

4. What does Lucy hope to accomplish by inviting Philip to her house?

5. How is Mrs. Tulliver saved from the flood?

6. Why do you think that Dr. Kenn offers Maggie a job as a governess when she returns from her boat trip with Stephen?

7. What kind of person is Mrs. Moss?

8. Why are Stephen and Maggie so sure that they should not marry?

9. What do we learn about Tom's character from his response to the aunts and uncles after his father's accident?

10. Do you think that Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver get along very well? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think that Maggie is better off ending up with Philip, with Stephen, or with neither? Defend your perspective. Be sure to include evidence from The Mill on the Floss to support your case.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Book Three, Mr. Tulliver insists on having Tom write in the Bible that Mr. Tulliver never wants to work for Wakem and that although he serves him honestly, he wishes evil befalls him. Why do you think that Mr. Tulliver wants to have these words written in the Bible? Why does the family find it so shocking that he writes these words in the Bible? Support your answer with details from the book.

Essay Topic 3

George Eliot depicts Maggie as much more able, intellectually, than her brother Tom. Some critics read The Mill on the Floss as an early feminist novel, calling for the full education of women and for women's equality. Socially conservative critics, however, have a different perspective on the novel, and view it as making an argument for better educating women in order to make them more effective within the family. Choose a critical perspective that makes the most sense to you, based on your own background and beliefs. Use examples from The Mill on the Floss to make a feminist argument for the emancipation of women, or to make a socially conservative argument for full education of women on behalf of their role in the family.

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