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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. According to Nicholas, why do the workers of the South not strike?

3. 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?

4. What is Mr. Thornton's first impression of Margaret?

5. How does the mob react to Margaret's throwing herself in front of Mr. Thornton?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What surprises Margaret about the men in the North?

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

5. What does Bessy claim is the cause for her deteriorating look of health?

6. What first surprises Mr. Thornton about Margaret?

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

8. Why does Mr. Hale leave his job as a reverend?

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

10. What was Frederick on trial for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the scene of Henry Lennox' first romantic confession to Margaret and what happens afterward. What does Gaskell do to create the tone? What do the different characters' reactions immediately after tell us about their personalities? How does what happens afterward foreshadow what happens later in the text, if at all?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Thornton, both mothers of two main characters. Make sure to discuss how their children (Margaret and Mr. Thornton) reflect parts of their character.

Essay Topic 3

What message is Glaskell trying to convey to the reader about socioeconomic class issues in England during this time? Use 3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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