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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. What other character in "North and South" has a water bed?

2. What does the Hale household decide about a water bed and Mrs. Hale?

3. During dinner with Mr. Thornton at their home, who admits to not liking the dirty air in Milton?

4. What feelings does Mr. Thornton confess to Margaret after the incident with the striking workers at his home?

5. What does Fanny decide about Margaret after dining at her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas have to say about the people in Milton and religion?

2. What difference between the northern and southern shopkeepers does Margaret notice in Heston?

3. Why does Mr. Hale ask Margaret to tell Mrs. Hale about their move to Milton?

4. What advice does Margaret give to Mr. Thornton about how to handle the growing crowd of striking workers outside his door?

5. What was Frederick on trial for?

6. Why does Mrs. Hale object so much to living in Helstone?

7. What first surprises Mr. Thornton about Margaret?

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

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

10. Why does Mrs. Hale get so upset about living in Milton?

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

Compare and contrast Margaret and her mother. Make sure to use direct quotations from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the scene where Margaret breaks the news to her mother that the family will be moving to Milton. Pay particular attention to the use of foreshadowing, analyzing how what happens during this scene (and between the characters) foreshadows what is to come later in the novel. Use quotations from the text to support your position.

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