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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. Why are the men of the town threatening to go on strike?

2. What does Margaret think is the first sign of illness in her mother?

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

4. Why does the entire Hale household stay up all night after Margaret and Mr. Hale return from the Thorntons' dinner party?

5. What does Margaret say to Mr. Thornton about her throwing herself in front of him before the crowd of striking workers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Dixon in a panic when Mr. Hale and Margaret return from the Thorntons' big dinner party?

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

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

5. What does Margaret tell Mr. Thornton his workers have a human right to?

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

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

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

9. What first surprises Mr. Thornton about Margaret?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the character of Margaret at the beginning of the novel with the character of Margaret at the end of the novel. What is different? What is the same? How has she changed and grown? What were the causes of that growth?

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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