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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Uncle Deane tell Tom that he does well not to tell people how old he is?

2. What is George Eliot trying to communicate with the title, "The Torn Nest is Pierced by the Thorns"?

3. Why does Maggie have nightmares while she sleeps on the boat with Stephen?

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

5. What clue does George Eliot give us to indicate that Stephen Guest is married at the end of the book?

Essay 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

Analyze the theme of loss in the The Mill on the Floss. The narrator's history of St. Ogg's indicates that floods are not unusual, and that often floods sweep away everything in their path. The townspeople, then, must have some history of dealing with loss. When else does the topic of loss come up? Explain how this theme is developed in the course of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Maggie find the ascetic life described by Thomas a Kempis to be so appealing in the years after her family goes bankrupt? Philip Wakem says that she is not really compelled by the ascetic ideal, but that she is stupefying herself into accepting it. Do you think he is correct? Compare the words of Thomas a Kempis with the life that Maggie already is living. Is there a parallel? Why or why not?

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