North and South Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Who is Frederick?

3. Who is Mr. Thornton?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What first surprises Mr. Thornton about Margaret?

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

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

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

9. What causes the striking workers to head to the Thornton household to protest?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the social norms in the North and the social norms in the South, according to what is written in the novel. Make sure to use specific quotations from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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