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 start having dinner at Lucy's house?

2. Why does Lucy have a confidential conversation with her father the same evening that Philip first comes to visit?

3. When Philip asks Maggie if she still has feelings for him, what does she give as her reason why she cannot marry him?

4. What action makes Maggie and Stephen particularly conscious of their attraction to each other?

5. Who does Maggie finally confide in about her feelings for Stephen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the family members in The Mill on the Floss criticize each other so much? Is their criticism a way of hiding an underlying affection? Or is the criticism more sincere? Take a position on this point and defend it using examples from The Mill on the Floss.

Essay Topic 2

The reader first glimpses the narrator in Chapter One, when the narrator uses the word "I" and talks about having dozed off dreaming about the mill and about the afternoon when the Tullivers have their discussion (the discussion that is then related in Chapter Two). Who do you think the narrator is? Why does the narrator choose to tell this story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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