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

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

3. Who does Margaret enjoy hanging out with the most during the Thorntons' dinner party?

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

5. During Mr. Lennox' first visit to Margaret in Helstone, what does he bring her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was Frederick on trial for?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that the character of Frederick plays in the story of "North and South" and at least 3 unique functions that this character serves within the text.

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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