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. Why does Mr. Tulliver change his mind about asking the Mosses to pay their debt?

2. Why does Mr. Tulliver advise Maggie and Tom not to become too close to Philip?

3. Why does Mrs. Glegg decide to let Mr. Tulliver keep the money a while longer?

4. What member of Maggie's family indulges her the most?

5. How does Tom hurt his foot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think that George Eliot ends Book III with Mr. Tullivan's assertion in the Bible that he wishes Wakem evil?

2. Why does Tom try to convince Philip to come and see the sword demonstration?

3. Explain why Mrs. Glegg and Mr. Tulliver quarrel during the Dodson sisters' first visit to the Tullivers.

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

5. Why do you think that Bob and his wife choose to take Maggie in when she returns from her boat trip with Stephen?

6. Why do you think that Maggie's mother and aunts pull together to help her upon her return from her boat trip with Stephen?

7. Why is Bob so determined to help Tom?

8. How do Mrs. Tulliver's sisters react to the actions of the Tulliver children?

9. Why is Mr. Deane, at first, so unwilling to help Tom after Mr. Tulliver's accident?

10. What is Stephen Guest looking for in a wife? What qualities does he see in Lucy that appeal to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Maggie is a child, the adults around her worry about her future. Why do they worry so much about her? What is their main concern? Support your answer with details from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Who do you think is more forgiving, Maggie or Tom? Support your answer with details from The Mill on the Floss.

Essay Topic 3

What do you think is George Eliot's purpose in writing The Mill on the Floss? Support your answer with evidence from the book.

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