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

2. 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?

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

4. What does Mr. Thornton challenge the crowd to do to him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Frederick live when the reader first learns about him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Thornton, both mothers of two main characters. Make sure to discuss how their children (Margaret and Mr. Thornton) reflect parts of their character.

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

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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