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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Maggie die at the end of the book?
2. How does Mr. Tulliver look when he goes to meet his creditors and pay them?
3. Why has Philip come to see Maggie?
4. How does Tom force Maggie to stop seeing Philip?
5. What is Maggie's plan for supporting herself when she returns to St. Ogg's?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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