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 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

Pick a passage from The Mill on the Floss. Then write an essay in which you analyze its tone. In your analysis, try to determine what the narrator is trying to communicate subtly, with her tone, in addition to the message that she communicates overtly, using words.

Essay Topic 2

Research the legal issues that are raised during The Mill on the Floss. Then analyze Mr. Tulliver's legal problems. In your opinion, is Mr. Tulliver in the right? Why or why not? Use evidence from the book and from your own research to support your view.

Essay Topic 3

Siblings often do not get along. In your opinion, is the relationship between Maggie and Tom typical of siblings, or do they have a stormier relationship than most? Analyze Maggie and Tom's relationship, arguing that it is or is not typical.

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