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 do Tom and Philip become closer again for a little while while Tom is recovering from his injury?

2. How does Mrs. Tulliver hope that her sisters help the family recover from bankruptcy?

3. Why does Mr. Tulliver fall off his horse?

4. How does Maggie de-stress when she is frustrated?

5. What does Tom suggest the aunts and uncles can do to help?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Tulliver react when Mrs. Tulliver tells him that Mrs. Pullet plans to intervene on his behalf with her sister, Mrs. Glegg?

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

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

4. Why does Maggie allow Philip to believe that her feelings toward him are unchanged?

5. Why is it hard for Maggie to visit places in the neighborhood that she enjoys as a child, after the family goes bankrupt?

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

8. Mr. Wakem at first reacts with violent opposition to Philip's proposal to marry Maggie, and then he changes his mind. Why do you think that he changes his mind?

9. Do you think that Tom has a fairly flexible, tolerant nature, or is he more stubborn and rigid? Explain your answer in terms of Tom's reaction to Lucy's attempts to peacemaker between him and Philip Wakem on Maggie's behalf.

10. What conclusions do you draw about gender roles in the village of St. Ogg's based on Mr. Tulliver's conversation with Mr. Riley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Tom connects to the theme of generosity in The Mill on the Floss. How do other people treat Tom when he is in need of generosity? How does he treat others when the person in need is someone else, such as Maggie? Be sure to include examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Pick a passage from The Mill on the Floss. Then write an essay in which you analyze its tone. In your analysis, try to determine what the narrator is trying to communicate subtly, with her tone, in addition to the message that she communicates overtly, using words.

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