The Mill on the Floss Test | 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 Stephen come to see Maggie at the Mosses?

2. Which of the following statements best foreshadows Maggie's death in the flood?

3. How does Stephen offend Maggie at the dance?

4. Why does Stephen want to marry Lucy?

5. Why does Philip begin to play the piano badly?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that Maggie choses to marry neither Philip Wakem nor Stephen Guest? Explain what Maggie is thinking and why she wants to remain single. Use examples from The Mill on the Floss to support your point of view.

Essay Topic 2

How does Maggie's childhood relationship with Tom foreshadow the relationship she has with him as an adult? Compare Tom's tendency to alternately indulge and shame Maggie as a child with the way he treats her as an adult, when he interferes in her relationships with men. Support your answer with examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Critics point out that George Eliot is much like Maggie Tulliver, except that George Eliot's life is far more scandalous. She has a close relationship with her father, and also has an older brother who is somewhat protective of her. George Eliot becomes involved, outside of marriage, with John Chapman, a London publisher and bookseller who already has a wife and a mistress. Later, she opts to live with George Henry Lewes, openly, because Lewes is still married, although Lewes' wife runs away to be with her lover. Eliot knows that she is criticized publicly for this decision. She also knows that if Lewes dies, she is left alone and does not inherit his property. Still, she lives with Lewes until the day he dies. She is ostracized by some people, including her own family.

Compare the life of Maggie Tulliver to the life of George Eliot. How are they similar? How are they different? Does Eliot intend for The Mill on the Floss to be a defense of her own behavior? You may wish to offer an opinion on this question. Be sure that you back up your opinion with facts from The Mill on the Floss and from the life of George Eliot.

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