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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. 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?

2. What kind act has Mary done for Bessy that Margaret sees when she comes for a visit one day?

3. What does Mr. Hale think his wife needs to deal with her illness?

4. Who unlocks the door for Mr. Thornton as he prepares to address the angry mob outside his home?

5. Who does Mr. Thornton hire to take over for the striking workers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Frederick on trial for?

2. How does Margaret react to Mr. Lennox' confession of love for her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Mrs. Thornton warn her son about Margaret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of the character of Bessy and what happens to her in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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