North and South Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Mr. Bell?

2. Who does Mr. Thornton hire to take over for the striking workers?

3. What does Mr. Hale think his wife needs to deal with her illness?

4. What does Dr. Donaldson tell Margaret the name of her mother's illnes is?

5. During the tense argument between Mr. THronton and the Hales during their first dinner together, what does Mr. Hale change the topic to to relieve the tension?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about Mr. Thornton's life story does Margaret like?

2. How does Mrs. Thornton feel about living so close to the mill?

3. What does Margaret tell Mr. Thornton his workers have a human right to?

4. How does Margaret react to Mr. Lennox' confession of love for her?

5. What happens to Mrs. Hale and Dixon once they arrive in Milton?

6. Why is Margaret happy when the men rejoin the conversation at the Thorntons' big dinner party?

7. What makes Margaret go out in search of household help in Milton when she first arrives?

8. According to Bessy, what happens to people who work in the cotton factory that makes them sick?

9. What does Mrs. Thornton warn her son about Margaret?

10. Why does Bessy claim that Margaret never has suffered and is likely never to do so in the future?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify which character is the strongest in "North and South," and present an argument making your case. Make sure to cite at least 3 examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

In "North and South," many of the characters are shockingly stubborn in the face of information that should otherwise lead them to think or act differently. Choose 3 different characters from the novel and discuss one instance where each character is stubborn and the reasons behind that stubbornness.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one character who is weak at the beginning of the novel and becomes strong by the end; discuss the 3 most pivotal moments of growth for this character; and use direct quotations from the text to support your thesis.

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