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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 does Margaret note about Mr. Thornton during the Thorntons' dinner party?

2. Why does Mrs. Thornton curse Margaret when she first hears about her?

3. What relieves the tension after Mr. Lennox' romantic outburst during his first visit to Helstone to see Margaret?

4. 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?

5. During dinner at the Hales', who does Mr. Thornton say has an easy life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Margaret prove to Bessy that she indeed knows suffering?

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

4. What causes Mr. Hale to faint after he returns home from the dinner party at the Thorntons'?

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

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

7. Why does Margaret feel guilty after Mr. Thornton leaves her home after he confesses his love to her?

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

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

10. What was Frederick on trial for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Identify at least 3 instances where Margaret inserts herself into the world of men in the novel, and discuss how her doing so goes against the gender norms of the time.

Essay Topic 3

What is the underlying source of tension between Mrs. Thornton and her son? Use at least 3 examples from the text, including direct citations, to support your argument.

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