The Mill on the Floss Test | Final Test - Hard

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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

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

At the end of Book Three, Mr. Tulliver insists on having Tom write in the Bible that Mr. Tulliver never wants to work for Wakem and that although he serves him honestly, he wishes evil befalls him. Why do you think that Mr. Tulliver wants to have these words written in the Bible? Why does the family find it so shocking that he writes these words in the Bible? Support your answer with details from the book.

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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