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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. Where do the Hales stop for a few days on their way to Milton?

2. Who confesses his love to Margaret after they fetch pears from the garden?

3. How long has Mrs. Thornton been out and a part of society?

4. Who is Mr. Bell?

5. What does Mrs. Thornton claim Margaret must do to learn something about life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mr. Hale complain about right before he dies?

3. Why is Margaret so concerned when she hears that Mr. Thornton thinks she was at the train station with Mr. Lennox?

4. What causes the striking workers to head to the Thornton household to protest?

5. Why does Margaret initially refuse to give Mr. Thornton any credit for helping her and her brother with the police investigation?

6. Why does Frederick decide to stay in Spain?

7. What kinds of conversations do Mrs. Thornton and her son usually have?

8. What causes the police inspector to be suspicious of Margaret?

9. Why is Mr. Hale not happy when his son returns home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one symbol from the novel, and discuss at least 3 instances where it appears or is used. Also discuss its significance and meaning in each appearance.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the ending of the novel and Margaret's decision to be with Mr. Thornton. Is this choice in the best interest of her character? Is it what she wants? Is it in the best interest of Mr. Thornton's character? Is it what he wants? Make sure to use quotations from the text to support your position.

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