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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 advice does Mrs. Thornton give her daughter about Margaret?

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

3. Who is Fanny?

4. What is the one problem with the house Mr. Hale and Margaret pick out in Milton?

5. How did Bessy become ill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Margaret run upstairs to cry after she tells her mother they will be moving to Milton?

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

3. Why are the Thorntons aghast at Margaret and Mr. Hale's acceptance to their dinner party?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What first surprises Mr. Thornton about Margaret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the life story of John Thornton and how it relates to one of the central themes of the novel. Use specific quotations from the text in your paper.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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